January 2012 Archives

January 31

visa photographs in Cambridge MA

urgent: where in Cambridge MA can I get inexpensive instant passport-sized photos according to Canadian visa specifications? [more inside]
posted by idlethink at 11:44 PM PST - 14 comments

How to promote a personal training business

I'm going to help a friend promote his personal training business. 1) What's the cheapest and easiest website option, 2) Promo postcards, are they a good idea? Where should we get them? 3) What else? [more inside]
posted by latkes at 11:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Supernatural themed board games

Looking for favorite board games with a supernatural or otherwise dark theme. [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 11:11 PM PST - 19 comments

Help hide these vents!

Ugly furnace installation. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Marky at 10:03 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I fit workouts into a stressful schedule?

How do I find time and motivation to stick to a workout plan, given a moderately stressful schedule, quite a bit of work, and not a huge amount of relaxation time (which working out would cut into)? [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich at 9:26 PM PST - 22 comments

Dragons in my bookstore?

Taking a look for a book about a dragon who likes books. [more inside]
posted by caphector at 8:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for a winery with an outdoor restaurant and an attached hotel

Valentine's Day filter: My girlfriend has a relatively specific request for Valentine's Day: "an outdoor restaurant at a vineyard... that has an attached hotel." A somewhat cheaper version of this would be the idea. Ideally, it'd be $300/night or less and somewhere within ~2 hours drive of Palo Alto, California. Any ideas?
posted by ewiar at 8:31 PM PST - 7 comments

How to I begin to understand what is going on in the world?

How to I begin to understand what is going on in the world? [more inside]
posted by gcolmes@gmail.com at 8:22 PM PST - 44 comments

How to Find this Vague Half-Remembered Article?

Long shot article search: blog post or article about Anderson Cooper's sexuality. [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 8:11 PM PST - 3 comments

I am confused and alone.

Psychological/Romantic Filter: I don't know what else to do anymore. More inside. Not asking for advice on taking rejection. [more inside]
posted by Angel of Khaos at 7:56 PM PST - 22 comments

What do I owe Her Majesty the Queen?

Help an American citizen with British income tax on book royalties. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 7:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Nikon vs Cannon DSLR Kits

Buying a Nikon or Cannon DSLR, package details inside please help me I have been flip flopping over the two [more inside]
posted by ibakecake at 6:47 PM PST - 30 comments

The Emotional Bondage of Stuff, or, Why am I having so much trouble getting rid of things I don't really like, never wanted in the first place, and actively want to discard?

Need to drastically downsize. Am actively eager to drastically downsize. Totally aware of the emotional and psychological implications and pitfalls of downsizing. So why is it still so hard? Scratch that. How do I make it less hard? [more inside]
posted by mie at 6:46 PM PST - 47 comments

Dress me up in Chicago!

Need to buy a fancy evening dress. Don't want to buy a basic LBD, and want mini or knee length - not full length. Prefer a little funkier perhaps. Any suggestions where? The boutiques I frequent don't do a lot of fancy dresses, so I'm lost. Of course there are the dept stores but would love to avoid if possible.
posted by dublin at 6:32 PM PST - 17 comments

Via Spiga pumps worth the $$?

I'd like to buy this Jessica pump by Via Spiga. However, I'm balking at the $198 price tag because that's more than I've ever spent on footwear. Is it a good value to buy expensive shoes? [more inside]
posted by lirael2008 at 6:13 PM PST - 28 comments

This Portlander wants his Sobe more than coffee

I have been craving Sobe Adrenaline Rush. This energy drink may or may not exist anymore, however, my coworker found me a can in southern Oregon a few months ago. Where can I find my favorite nectar of an energy drink. [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous at 6:13 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I motivate myself to work?

How can I motivate myself to work? What did you do to help kick yourself in the posterior and get going? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:52 PM PST - 12 comments

Where to buy a Luxo Jr?

I want to own the lamp Luxo Jr. was based on, where can I find it? [more inside]
posted by _frog at 5:37 PM PST - 5 comments

how to quickly stop myself from failing, when I have long associated failure with rewards

Do you have any thoughts on how to quickly stop myself from failing, when I have long associated failure with a 'negative payoff' i.e. there have been rewards for failure in the past. [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied at 5:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Which FLSA exemption do I choose?

Calling all labor lawyers, even though YANML: if you can classify an employee under two overtime-exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act, which one controls? For instance, my organization has employees that satisfy one or more categories: 1. Highly Compensated Employees 2. Computer professionals 3. Professional exemption If I classify them as Computer Professionals, they also have to meet the California Labor Code Section 515.5. If they do not qualify under 515.5, specifically the salary requirement and/or high-level engineer requirement, is it possible to just classify them as exempt under the Professional Exemption standard, which is only two times the current minimum wage in California? Thanks.
posted by dhn at 5:15 PM PST - 8 comments

How can nerve damage atrophy muscles?

Does anyone have any background on how nerve damage (or nerve something) can atrophy muscles? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 5:14 PM PST - 13 comments

I never thought I'd be complaining because I couldn't hear the commercials, but here I am.

Why does my television's sound intermittently cut out? [more inside]
posted by unclejeffy at 5:06 PM PST - 4 comments

What songs should I learn on the mandolin?

Looking for suggestions for songs to learn to play on the mandolin... [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 4:45 PM PST - 18 comments

Can you translate a Yiddish inscription?

Can anyone here translate this inscription. I think it's in Yiddish. [more inside]
posted by Right On Red at 3:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Minor accident, major headache

I was hit by a car 2 weeks ago. It was minor enough that I didn't even file a police report, just got the insurance information. But I'm wondering about collecting the small expenses it's incurred from the insurance company. [more inside]
posted by Hactar at 3:40 PM PST - 6 comments

VIP and pool bar manchester

Manchester UK, VIP bar with pool table? [more inside]
posted by trashcan at 3:10 PM PST - 0 comments

Non-Pausal Line Endings

In printed vocalized Arabic poetry, if pausal forms are used at the end of some lines but not others, is a meaningful distinction being made? [more inside]
posted by Paquda at 2:56 PM PST - 0 comments

I need help completing a UK style job application form.

So this (US union staffer returning to London and looking for a job) was me. Since then I've found a job opening that's absolutely perfect... but I need to fill out a UK style application form, and having spent my whole career in the US, I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean at 2:42 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I get past the Boston 140k salary barrier in software?

How do I get past the Boston 140k salary barrier in software? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:35 PM PST - 17 comments

Vegetarian or Movementarian?

Looking for info on Loving Hut vegetarian restaurants. AKA, "Did my friend join a cult?" [more inside]
posted by custard heart at 2:32 PM PST - 14 comments

Excel SUMIF function - what condition am I looking for?

ExcelFilter: how do I get SUMIF to work so that if a cell in the reference range is blank, the corresponding cell in the sum range is picked up in the sum? [more inside]
posted by sillymama at 2:26 PM PST - 5 comments

no, I'll come to you!

How can I convince employers to consider me equally favorably even though I'm not a local candidate? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:22 PM PST - 15 comments

Best way to present suggested improvements on a site?

I need to make recommendations for improvements to a website. What's the best way to construct the report? [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet at 2:19 PM PST - 11 comments

can i use this design

can i use this design? [more inside]
posted by orangemacky at 1:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me find this amazing Korean TV show!

A while ago, someone posted a description of this show in a MeFi thread. According to the poster, this was a Korean show "all about people who did mundane things very, very well". Can anyone tell me the name of this show and tell me how to find it?
posted by shushufindi at 1:57 PM PST - 6 comments

dealing with family history of substance abuse in my health records

I don't want my parent's death due to substance abuse to appear on the family history section of my health records any more. How do I deal with this and what are the repercussions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:55 PM PST - 19 comments

Do I look fidgety to you?

Is Tenex (Guanfacine) a reasonable first choice of meds for adult ADHD, primarily inattentive? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Apple TV-like device to stream internet?

What like apple TV but without the limitations? I want to stream the internet from my ipad / laptop without having to use the cord. [more inside]
posted by JJkiss at 1:48 PM PST - 18 comments

online shopping cart for downloads

What is the best way to set up a shopping cart for downloaded software products from my site? [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 at 1:14 PM PST - 2 comments

Faux Lawyer on the Loose

Any tips on filing (and winning) a case in small claims court in Vancouver? [more inside]
posted by ecourbanist at 12:59 PM PST - 6 comments

dns settings questions

I have a profile hosted by a social media site that I would like to customize with a personal domain. The directions involve me changing my domain's A record to a certain IP, but my IT guy says that doing so will screw up the other domains that are hosted in my family's all-inclusive account. Why? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 12:57 PM PST - 12 comments

Working for someone you know

Should I take a job offer from a close family friend? [more inside]
posted by costanza at 12:48 PM PST - 16 comments

What should I do with my old Tivo Series 2?

What should I do with my old SD Tivo Series 2 box now that I've gone to HD DirecTV? I miss pyTivoX! [more inside]
posted by Ergolad at 12:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Am I crazy for feeling this way?

Are we incompatible and am I overreacting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:20 PM PST - 36 comments

babymoon hiking trip!

Where should we go on our babymoon? [more inside]
posted by yarly at 12:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Who can I talk to?

Lawyer in a career rut. I need to get some advice, but from who? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:23 AM PST - 8 comments

I'm looking for recommendations for a post-wedding celebration lunch spot near Civic Center in SF.

Can you recommend a great place for lunch after a courthouse wedding in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:23 AM PST - 7 comments

A Real Leader Faces the Music, Even When She Doesn't Like the Tune

I'm taking a graduate-level course called Leadership in Education. We are required to work in small groups of four throughout the semester to discuss the material and do group projects. I'm really excited about the class, but the other members of my group seem apathetic at best, which makes group discussion and collaboration quite difficult. Given that this is a leadership class, how should I handle this situation? [more inside]
posted by chara at 11:15 AM PST - 12 comments

What's the best way to prepare for the CISSP?

What is the best way to prepare for the CISSP exam? [more inside]
posted by RedShrek at 11:08 AM PST - 11 comments

Legality of building a software application to access and write to a database which is created and distributed by a third party?

Let me explain. Let's says company A sells to company B a system that includes an Microsoft Access database in order to run. Is it legal for company C to make a system that connects and writes to to company A's database without asking for company A's permission? I assume that since it's just a regular Access database, that anyone can read, it shouldn't be a problem right?
posted by exolstice at 11:06 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me help my feet!

Do I need these custom orthotics, store-bought ones, or a new podiatrist? [more inside]
posted by bedhead at 11:01 AM PST - 13 comments

Title insurance - sensible closing cost or scam?

Should I purchase owner's title insurance for my new home? [more inside]
posted by seppyk at 10:36 AM PST - 31 comments

Oh, there’s something missing here…

How do I deposit a check that has only my first and middle names? [more inside]
posted by etoyasu at 10:09 AM PST - 24 comments

Looking for a wedding band near Providence, RI.

Recommendations for a wedding band (music, not a ring) in the Providence, RI area? [more inside]
posted by pombe at 10:04 AM PST - 4 comments

What's the best way to secure an apartment in downtown Seattle, while I'm still in NYC?

I just got an offer from a company in Seattle (my top choice!) and am to start work on Feb. 27. I currently live in NYC. I've already got my plane ticket, and I leave on the 24th. What's the best way to secure an apartment in downtown Seattle, while I'm still in NYC? [more inside]
posted by brighteyes7 at 10:00 AM PST - 29 comments

Where can I purchase narrow tape with custom printing on it?

I've got a lot of stuff. People like to borrow my stuff. And they sometimes forget whose stuff it is and I never get it back! I had an idea to custom print my name, email, and phone number on narrow tape (perhaps vinyl based, similar to electrician's tape). Then, I can affix this tape to things that I loan out so that they're easily tracked back to me. I tried looking around at various shops online, but the options are overwhelming, and they seem to be geared toward packing tape and business applications. All I need is one or two narrow rolls, not an entire box of the stuff! Has anyone done anything like this that can share some of your expertise with me?
posted by rinogo at 10:00 AM PST - 20 comments

Would a church be interested in buying the .com & .net versions of their .org domain?

I am looking for advice about selling a domain name to a large church organization. [more inside]
posted by distressingly thick sheets at 9:59 AM PST - 6 comments

My GF cheated on me. How do I get to a point of clarity so I can make a decision?

Girlfriend of 3 years got blackout drunk slept with a random acquaintance while on a business trip. I need tips, methods and advice to find clarity so I can make a good decision, rather than one of impulse. I'll do my best to keep this brief, but, well, these things have details: [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:54 AM PST - 115 comments

Link us together so we don't have to

Is there a script or service to automatically cross-link posts by different bloggers across different platforms besides Blog Carnival? [more inside]
posted by medea42 at 9:51 AM PST - 0 comments

Should I post Cease and Desists to my website?

When my website gets legal threats, should I post them on the site? [more inside]
posted by kristi at 9:50 AM PST - 5 comments

What was this weird sitcom that I saw part of while at the gym?

I saw a brief snippet of a sitcom while at the gym. It involved some very tame sexy playtime that surprised me. Can you help me identify what show it was? [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex at 9:50 AM PST - 10 comments

Pretzelicious, please

Does anyone have a soft pretzel recipe they swear by? I made Alton Brown's recipe, linked to in this older question, for last year's Super Bowl, and mine came out awfully bland -- bread with salt on top.
posted by troywestfield at 9:39 AM PST - 16 comments

Can a chin strap reduce chin growth?

Chin strap to reduce chin growth — Is this a real thing? [more inside]
posted by Shelf at 9:31 AM PST - 2 comments

What do i need to travel to Canada as a US permanent resident?

Visiting Toronto from the US as a green card holder, anything I need to know? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 9:13 AM PST - 11 comments

Cashing a check in Ukraine

Need to cash a security deposit check, but the person whose name is on the check is in Ukraine. [more inside]
posted by AlexanderPetros at 9:10 AM PST - 7 comments

Should I reveal my pregnancy in job interviews?

I am pregnant and looking for a new job. What's the right thing to do in job interviews? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:04 AM PST - 22 comments

Suggestion for information designers to train?

Any recommendations for information designers or visualizers to do trainings for the large research company for which I work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:04 AM PST - 1 comment

Maintenance schedule for my hair trimmer pls?

How do you maintain your Oster 76, or any other high end hair clippers? How do you maintain the blades? [more inside]
posted by aeighty at 8:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for free vintage film score music.

Looking for some help in locating music. Friends of mine have created a short film for a contest and are looking for some royalty-free film music to complement the piece. Does anyone know of an extensive library of downloadable royalty-free soundtrack work from perhaps the 40s, 50s and 60s? We only have ten short days to complete the film, that is why we are seeking pre-recorded existing music. A lot of those music sites charge absurd rates for royalty-free tracks. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!
posted by ChaoticIndustry at 8:25 AM PST - 9 comments

Speaking Russian in Asia

Why are there so many Taiwanese, Japanese, and S. Koreans learning Russian as a foreign language? My American-bred stereotype is that Asians tend to study topics which are industrial and "useful": engineering, English. So is there something I'm missing here if it's for personal pleasure? Or if it is just for business, what are the specific industries, commodities, and companies that make Russian applicable in that region of Asia? [more inside]
posted by peachtree at 7:37 AM PST - 18 comments

Where can I find long essays?

I'm looking for substantive essays focused on US politics and society, preferably published in periodical form. [more inside]
posted by zamboni at 7:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Discrete mathematics for idiots?

Now that I'm back at college, I'm having serious trouble with an elementary course in Discrete Mathematics (for computer scientists). How can I complete this course? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis at 7:17 AM PST - 29 comments

what to do in Seattle and Portland?

Things to do and Places to eat in Seattle, Portland and in between? More info inside. [more inside]
posted by WizKid at 6:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Fiction with food?

I'm looking for more fiction that features detailed or frequent mentions of food. For example Iris Murdoch's The Sea, the Sea with its talk of "fresh hot buttered toast, with or without the addition of bloater paste". Bonus points if they're set in the UK, but I'd love any suggestions!
posted by teststrip at 6:45 AM PST - 50 comments

I need to write to make money, and I need money to fix my computer so I can write...

Broken laptop hinge in NYC. Where can I get this repaired without paying one hundred million dollars? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 6:39 AM PST - 8 comments

Can you help us think of anything we can do to prepare our grand-daughter for her trip to France as a foreign exchange student?

My 11 year old grand-daughter will be traveling to France for a foreign exchange program. She will be gone for three weeks. She comes from a small rural community in the Midwest so I think she is in for quite a culture shock. As the time is approaching I'm becoming nervous because it's so far away and she can't just hop on a plane if she gets homesick. The girl she is staying with will be here in April for three weeks living with my grand-daughter. Can you think of anything that she will need to know or what we can do to prepare her for this trip?
posted by sybarite09 at 6:35 AM PST - 34 comments

Öffentliches durchsuchbares Wörterbuch, bitte.

Where can I find a German dictionary which I can use to run simple linguistic experiments? [more inside]
posted by StoneSpace at 6:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Daily (historical)mutual fund prices

Where can I find daily (historical) mutual fund prices?
posted by page123 at 5:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Thesis Structuring - Help!

Will I get this done, even if it ends in madness? [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist at 5:30 AM PST - 16 comments

Pregnant and need to eat more.

I'm pregnant and having problems eating enough. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by medusa at 5:14 AM PST - 35 comments

You're grounded!

I need clips showing someone getting put in time-out or grounded in English-language cartoons or TV shows, but I'm coming up empty-handed. [more inside]
posted by sunset in snow country at 4:04 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me stop hoovering up the treats tray

I'm taking medication that makes me hungry all the time. Added to this, I work somewhere that often has sweets around and I have not very much willpower at all. How can I deal with the hunger in a way that doesn't lead to a sugar high? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 3:54 AM PST - 36 comments

Genius Mixes Equivalent with iTunes Match

Itunes match removed genius mixes - Suggestions for music discovery/playlist creation apps that work with my music. [more inside]
posted by motdiem2 at 3:33 AM PST - 3 comments

What is this short SF story?

Help me name this SF short story. [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 3:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Wanted: A Guide to the World of the Self-Confident

Tell me what it's like to be you, a person without anxiety or low self-esteem. [more inside]
posted by so much modern time at 2:44 AM PST - 26 comments

Living the good life in 2029

[Brainy accountant-type filter] 37yo expat Canadian has a public service pension plan and too many options! [more inside]
posted by superfish at 2:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Can I shoot photos Medium Rare instead of RAW?

I want to develop a RAW image processing workflow. I'm currently stuck evaluating RawTherapee vs Lightbox and basically just twiddling the values. I'm sure there must be a better way ... right? [more inside]
posted by Admira at 2:04 AM PST - 6 comments

Babies or no babies?

Is kids vs. no kids always a dealbreaker? [more inside]
posted by queens86 at 1:01 AM PST - 57 comments

[do-you-recognise-this-book-filter] Books about a butterfly girl and cartographers.

Trying to recall the names of two books I read about 15 years ago. Books from the public library about a butterfly girl and cartographers. [more inside]
posted by eloeth-starr at 12:56 AM PST - 5 comments

I'm sorry Dacoit, I'm afraid I can't do that ...

Please hope me! Far from home and locked out of my Mac due to international language keyboard issue. [more inside]
posted by dacoit at 12:04 AM PST - 7 comments

January 30

Maharashtra bound

Have you travelled in Maharashtra, India? What's it like? I'm thinking of spending a couple weeks there -- beaches, caves, temples, hiking, Mumbai -- a bit of everything. But it doesn't seem to be regarded as a particular highlight of India. Good idea or no?
posted by dontjumplarry at 11:24 PM PST - 6 comments

kicked out of india!

I'm in Mumbai. I just found out my visa situation in India is not ok. I need to speak to an expert about this. Who should I call or where should I go? [more inside]
posted by genmonster at 11:10 PM PST - 13 comments

"Is it Sybil?" I dunno, is it?

"Is it Sybil?" Help me understand this dated reference in a Rita Rudner joke from the early 90's. [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim at 10:47 PM PST - 14 comments

Is high school really that big of a deal?

Am I really missing out on the traditional high school experience? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:03 PM PST - 54 comments

Ahoy, bull manure on the Verizon!

What can I do to bend Verizon to my will? Or is it time to head out in search of greener pastures? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld at 9:57 PM PST - 16 comments

научная фантастика

Looking for recommendations for (translated to English) non-English Science Fiction/Fantasy/Odd fiction. [more inside]
posted by edgeways at 9:44 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me identify this movie.

What is the name of this movie? - man brings young boy off the streets to live with him and his girlfriend after boy is separated from his mother. Boy turns out to be incredibly talented artistically. I think the man has to give the boy up because he never went through proper channels and basically just kidnapped him, but I can't remember the details. I think it's a recent movie and it's driving me nuts that I can't remember more...
posted by bumpcat at 9:38 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me get rid of my back acne

I had perfect skin until I learned I had a clotting disorder and had to stop using Nuvoring. Now in addition to regular outbreaks on my face, my back is constantly greasy and covered with acne. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:09 PM PST - 12 comments

My background is Irish, so I'm out of luck

A different "identify this song" question -- this one is about lyrics. Complication: they're in Scottish Gaelic. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Do public status updates work for an engineering team?

Apparently many successful software companies have processes where engineers write daily status updates that are publicly visible. Google has a system called 'Snippets' and Facebook has 'Colbert'. Any insiders want to share their experience with such reporting tools? Does anyone know of any resources that describe the pros and cons, nut and bolts of these processes? [more inside]
posted by unmodern at 8:54 PM PST - 11 comments

How to stop getting schooled by school?

How can I stop being so freaking miserable in school? I hate school so much, and I have no idea how to stop being so depressed about it all the time. [more inside]
posted by sizzil34 at 8:46 PM PST - 38 comments

examples of people who have asked for monetary help online who were lying?

Can anyone point me to write-ups of people asking online for donations for "my medical bills" or "a sick friend" which turned out to be lies? [more inside]
posted by tzikeh at 7:34 PM PST - 16 comments

Looking for an Epson printer reset solution.

My 6 year old Epson C87 printer works fine. However Epson thinks I need to get a a new one. Anyone aware of a reset hack/trick for mac OS? [more inside]
posted by citybuddha at 7:27 PM PST - 1 comment

Can I live on fruit smoothies?

I've begun a sort of juice fast / cleanse... How long can I subside on this? [more inside]
posted by ascetic at 7:26 PM PST - 21 comments

What's the best solution for online giving to a church?

What's a good service/setup for a church or non-profit to accept online donations? [more inside]
posted by Stynxno at 7:05 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I get this to stop?

I'd like advice on how to deal with a covert aggressive colleague. Grab a beer; this is a long post. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 PM PST - 52 comments

This 'Being a Lawyer' Thing

Are you counsel at a legal aid office? Or maybe you're an assistant district attorney? Practicing lawyers in general, but especially those outside of biglaw practice, I'd like for you to tell me about your career, or your day-to-day, etc. [more inside]
posted by demagogue at 6:57 PM PST - 12 comments


Numbers for iOS: how to recalculate a spreadsheet on command? Like, if a cell contains a RAND or a RANDRANGE function, how to get it to produce a different random number besides reentering the formula? As near as I can tell it just sits there with the same value forever, no matter what else I do.
posted by JHarris at 6:31 PM PST - 2 comments

Is Indoor Tanning Lotion Necessary?

I go to a tanning salon in the winter a couple of times a week mostly to keep my Seasonal Affective Disorder controlled. I've noticed the parts of me that I can't reach to apply lotion (my back) tan just as much and at the same rate as the rest of me where I do apply lotion. I can't help but wonder if I'm wasting my money on the indoor tanning lotion because it sure isn't cheap!
posted by july1baby at 6:15 PM PST - 12 comments

What's the name of this novel?

Looking for a late 90's fantasy novel: borderlands, wild magic, female soldier, AWESOME. [more inside]
posted by spunweb at 6:03 PM PST - 16 comments

Best Home Water Filter System?

What is the best, easiest and most effective home water filtering system that doesn't slow waterflow down to a crawl? [more inside]
posted by Jenna Roadman at 5:30 PM PST - 4 comments

What's been happening with the Patriots for the last three or four years?

My father and I have had a rocky relationship, but this year he asked me to come watch the Superbowl with him and I said I would. I'm just realizing now that I have no idea what has been going on with the Patriots since, oh, Teddy Bruschi retired. I don't know who's in the backfield, what kind of secondary we have, whether we're running the old five-and-out pass plays or if our running game has developed. Can you guys fill me in on what I need to know in order to be able to talk with my dad during the game? Thanks.
posted by jwhite1979 at 5:21 PM PST - 18 comments

An elderly relative's pirates' horde of treasure

92.5% Sterling Silver scrap value, and where to sell it to a precious metals dealer in the Seattle area: Any advice? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 4:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Is this a good Home Schooling Company?

I am trying to learn about Alpha Omega Academy generally, and specifically their Ignitia Learning program that is taken online. I'd love to hear from anyone who has any experience with this program, working with them, good or bad. [more inside]
posted by sociolibrarian at 4:59 PM PST - 1 comment

That's a Long Swim for a Beta Fish

Beta Fish Question. My daughter just got a new Beta fish. The first in over a year since Swaba #3 died. My wife took the latest fish and put it a glass vase that is about 8 inches square and 2 feet high. He mostly sits on the bottom as beta fish seem to do. I told my wife that 2 feet is a long way to swim to eat and that he might require a gulp of air every once in a while. Does anyone here think that 2 feet is too far to swim for a beta and that his days are numbered, more so than usual, in his tower of glass.
posted by otto42 at 4:53 PM PST - 22 comments

What's the deal with syncing contacts between Address Book, iCloud and Gmail???

In short: how do I sync all my contacts between Mac OS X Address Book, iOS, iCloud.com, and Gmail.com? Not as short: In olden days, I used the Address Book app on my Mac to store all my contacts. Everything in there would sync to MobileMe (and by extension, iPhone, iPad and me.com) and Google (for Gmail). After iCloud was released in October, turning on contact syncing between Address Book and iCloud resulted in a message that said if iCloud contact syncing is turned on Google syncing must be turned off. Googling tells me that lots of people are having this problem, but I'm not finding a solution within all the noise. What am I missing? Any settings to change? Any software? Thanks in advance.
posted by jroybal at 4:37 PM PST - 1 comment

How can I purchase a Vodafone UK top up outside of the UK?

Are there any legitimate websites that will allow me to purchase a vodafone UK top-up voucher online using either paypal or a non-UK based credit card?
posted by modernnomad at 4:27 PM PST - 12 comments

Gifts For Awesome Guy

Last minute gift shopping for a guy who's birthday is this Wednesday. He's a man with many interests such as history, judo, planes, boxing, writing, the military and weapons. He aspires to be a pilot in the army someday and to publish a book. [more inside]
posted by Yasuo at 4:25 PM PST - 13 comments

Where to eat on I5?

We're driving down to LA from the East Bay Area later via I5 next month, and we'd love to get your recommendations on a place to eat on the way. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 4:11 PM PST - 15 comments

What to do in Rome when its really cold?

I'm doing a last minute long weekend for my wife's birthday in Rome in a couple of days. I've got some good feedback on dining ideas, but I'd love any suggestions for other tourist stuff to do in the dead of winter. We've done most of the big sights, but special exhibits at the galleries or off the beaten trail suggestions very welcome.
posted by Lame_username at 4:07 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I force Relative Cell References into a Conditional Formatting Forumual in Excel

In Excel I have 2 columns with dates in them. D1:D20 Start Date G1:G20 End Date. I want to highlight the cell in the range G1:G20 if the date is more than 14 days form the date in D1:D20. Obvious answer is conditional formatting, but I can't seem to create a formula with relative cell references. [more inside]
posted by willnot at 3:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Technical presentation tips please!

I'm giving a technical presentation at an industry conference in two months, with an audience (guessing 50-100 people) including people I'd really like to impress. I am extroverted but terrible at public speaking. How do I prepare and build confidence for the presentation in the next two months? [more inside]
posted by ista at 3:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Here comes the bride, introduced by an acoustic guitar...

Songs for wedding processional and recessional. [more inside]
posted by asnider at 3:38 PM PST - 22 comments

Do they want me or not?

What's going on with this would-be roommate situation? Are there social cues I'm totally misreading here? [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated at 3:38 PM PST - 46 comments

Need to stick around longer!

Are there silicone nose pads that don't fall off plastic frames every two weeks? [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk at 3:24 PM PST - 7 comments

Predatory animals in Slovenia/Hungary/Croatia etc.

When walking in the woods in the region of Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, and/or northern Italy, what type of predatory animals would one be most likely to encounter, and how does the likelihood of encountering them compare to the likelihood of encountering predators in the mountain West of the US? For instance, in western Montana/Idaho, I frequently see coyotes, I often hear Great Horned Owls and sometimes see them, and I know mountain lions and wolves are out there but it's very rare to actually encounter one. (I'm not asking about danger to humans, it's just a more general question about common types of predatory animals.)
posted by HotToddy at 2:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Help us get mom into a long term care facility

What words can we say to convince my dad that he needs to place my mom in a long term care facility? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Mail merge decimal woes

Mail merge woes - how can I get these decimals to display properly? [more inside]
posted by mai at 2:44 PM PST - 8 comments

I have every day open to get what I want done, and I'm getting nothing done. Advice?

My daily schedule is wide open, and I'm not getting anything done. How should I schedule my time? [more inside]
posted by ratherbethedevil at 2:38 PM PST - 22 comments

How to get to SFO on time?

How can I get to SFO on time (possibly) using public transit? [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc at 2:37 PM PST - 11 comments

Where Can I find This

Where can I find THIS jewelry hanger? I've Binged, Googled and Yahoo'd enough for a century.
posted by ~Sushma~ at 2:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Why do the backs of my legs tingle when I'm afraid?

Why do the backs of my legs tingle when I'm scared? [more inside]
posted by facetious at 2:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Small mortgage balance refinance?

I need help identifying a lender for a mortgage refinance on a small balance. [more inside]
posted by ferdinand.bardamu at 2:18 PM PST - 1 comment

I got tricked by a rental scam in LA. What are my legal options?

Okay, so it finally happened. I got hit by a rental scam in LA. Now what? More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 2:17 PM PST - 15 comments

Morocco in march

I'm heading to Morocco for 4 days in mid march. I'm on a bit of a budget. Are there any things I MUST do or experience?
posted by dazed_one at 2:14 PM PST - 6 comments

I'm pretty sure the Bluth family is a terrible role model here

I'm inheriting $100,000. My parents are inheriting a lot more (around $1mil, but we're not sure the exact amount). Please give us advice. We're in the US (New Mexico). [more inside]
posted by Harry Potter and the Puppet of Sock at 1:48 PM PST - 26 comments

Can you identify our new pet?

Can anyone identify this very small little spider variety? [more inside]
posted by mairuzu at 1:47 PM PST - 3 comments

Roth as Emergency Fund?

What is the viability of using Roth as an Emergency Fund? [more inside]
posted by medarby at 1:25 PM PST - 8 comments

What is the easiest way to download all of my voicemails from an iPhone 4S?

What is the easiest way to download all of my voicemails from an iPhone 4S? I have a mac. The goal is to get the files themselves in a format that can be played back easily. Thanks!
posted by wooh at 1:20 PM PST - 3 comments

The Mystery of the Three Degrees

If I have three similar masters degrees, how do I list them all? Clever or funny ideas appreciated. [more inside]
posted by danteGideon at 1:12 PM PST - 21 comments

Job wanted in ATL

Help me help my dad find a job in ATL. [more inside]
posted by madred at 12:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Call, text? How do you let someone down after a couple of great dates?

Went on a couple of really good dates with a girl from an online dating site, resulted in some minor making out. Now I have to end it for reasons outside of those dates. Should I call her to tell her? Text? In person? Details inside... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:57 PM PST - 48 comments

How realistic is drowning when shown on TV?

How accurate, from a medical perspective, is the typical TV/Movie representation of someone nearly drowning? I refer to the "Receive mouth to mouth resuscitation whilst unconscious, cough up a little water and regain consciousness then everything's fine again." depiction of drowning.
posted by dougrayrankin at 12:47 PM PST - 28 comments

What's the best iPad stylus for my mother?

My 92-year-old mother, who had never before used a computer, bought an iPad a few weeks ago (you go, Mom!). She’s having a bit of trouble tapping small input areas with her fingers, though. [more inside]
posted by Dolley at 12:37 PM PST - 15 comments

Which MetroNorth station to park at for the weekend?

We're traveling by car from central New York (just west of Albany) to New York City this weekend. For timing reasons, we'd like to drive from our home to somewhere far downstate. Then to avoid driving and parking in NYC, we'd like to pick up a Metro North train and take it into the city. Which stations are the safest places to leave our car for a weekend? [more inside]
posted by brackish.line at 12:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Lemon Squares: CSI

I just tried this recipe with my new KitchenAid mixer...and it came out terrible. Can you help me figure out why? [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham at 12:26 PM PST - 18 comments

Risk Management Credentials: so many from which to choose!

Risk Management Credentials: FRM, PRM, CRMP, or, is there an app for that? Is anyone familiar with this alphabet soup of credentials and / or of an opinion as to their practical utility or value in getting (or keeping) employment in the risk management universe? [more inside]
posted by cool breeze at 12:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Are These Warhol-signed Items Valuable?

I have a few items which were signed by Andy Warhol in the early 80s and I don't know if they're worth having professionally appraised. Such an appraisal would cost some $$ and it wouldn't be worth it for items of negligible value. So I need your best amateur Antiques Roadshow advice on if any or all of these things have a value sufficient to warrant a professional appraisal. Here's the list: [more inside]
posted by Jamesonian at 12:11 PM PST - 6 comments

How long do domestic cats live?

What is the state of knowledge for the lifespans of domestic cats? [more inside]
posted by bonehead at 11:17 AM PST - 8 comments

Where do all the short guys shop for pants online?

Are you a guy who wears a 30-inch inseam in jeans, etc.? Share all your fashion secrets with me - specifically about clothes for the bottom half of your body. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 11:16 AM PST - 30 comments


Going on a trip, yay! Girlfriend is INCREDIBLY leery of TSA/naked scanners.... help? [more inside]
posted by Jacen at 11:00 AM PST - 67 comments

Powering through without the power nap

How to rest (in the afternoon, after work) without napping? [more inside]
posted by gakiko at 10:59 AM PST - 10 comments

Chefs of MeFi - Why are our fish dishes coming out dry?

Chefs of MeFi - Why are our fish dishes coming out dry? [more inside]
posted by sisquoc15 at 10:57 AM PST - 24 comments

When to trade in my car for a new one?

Help me determine the optimal time to trade in my car for a new one. [more inside]
posted by jalexc at 10:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Suggestions for wedding band shopping in San Diego

I'm getting married in San Diego in the middle of February. I will have a short span of time to acquire a wedding band in a city I know nothing about. Do you have an suggestions where I might find a non-jeweled, yellow-gold, vintage, possibly deco-period, wedding band?
posted by Foam Pants at 10:26 AM PST - 6 comments

Are fictional concepts fair game?

If I make a software implementation of a fictional religion described in a book published in the '70s, can I be subject to valid intellectual property lawsuits? YANML - understood. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 10:18 AM PST - 16 comments

What are they doing over there all day?

What do Facebook employees do? [more inside]
posted by bytewrite at 10:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Should I try to hash this out with my boss, even though I'm leaving?

I have plans to resign from a toxic work situation very soon; is it worth addressing the shitty cattiness or should I just grin and bear it till I leave? Am I just overreacting? [more inside]
posted by catch as catch can at 10:01 AM PST - 21 comments

under 25 health insurance options

I am under 25 and have no health insurance. My mom was recently laid off so she has no insurance either. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by bluelight at 10:01 AM PST - 23 comments

How to see my own Spotify posts on Facebook?

How can I see the updates that apps post to my Facebook wall? In particular, I want to see my own Spotify posts. My Google-fu is only telling me how to disable the posts altogether.
posted by edrnjevich at 9:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Where can I purchase mathematical examples and models in the Eames/Mathematica style?

Where can I purchase physical mathematical examples and models in the Eames/Mathematica style? [more inside]
posted by j.edwards at 9:46 AM PST - 10 comments

What to do in Aarau?

Tell me everything about Aarau and Unterentfelden, Switzerland! [more inside]
posted by scose at 9:42 AM PST - 2 comments

I want to eat you, not smell you

Do you cook a lot? Yet your house smells clean? Tell me how you do it! [more inside]
posted by yawper at 9:37 AM PST - 16 comments

What does "Jg." stand for?

I am translating a German bibliography entry to English. The entry has "21. Jg." after the periodical title. What does "Jg." mean?
posted by likeapen at 9:29 AM PST - 3 comments

It Goes in the Ground

I am looking for a specific ARG from a few years ago. [more inside]
posted by Scattercat at 9:17 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me find a Ralph Lauren jumper

Help me find a place to buy a Ralph Lauren jumper from approximately last season? [more inside]
posted by StephenF at 9:16 AM PST - 5 comments

Mirena and Fertility Awareness

This may be naive: is there any way to have my fertility tested while I have a Mirena inserted? [more inside]
posted by swingbraid at 8:51 AM PST - 11 comments

Keep Your Eye On The Ball

What are the best squash/racquetball goggles/glasses on the market? [more inside]
posted by Brian Lux at 8:51 AM PST - 1 comment

Owning Property for Dummies?

My aging parents want to put their 160 acres (where we all live) in my name. I know nothing about owning property. I am in Oklahoma. What can I expect to have to pay? Are there any other ways this will affect me? YANMEstateL.
posted by ThisKindNepenthe at 8:50 AM PST - 10 comments

What's like Clapham but cheaper?

Where should we buy in London? Short version: We're currently renting in Clapham (which we both really like). I work by Shepherd's Bush, he works by Tower Bridge. Minimum 2 bedroom with a budget of let's say £350k. Long version inside. [more inside]
posted by like_neon at 8:50 AM PST - 1 comment

How should I select a real estate agent in Toronto?

I need to hire an agent to buy a house. I know a couple of agents through my friends but I don’t’ want to rush and hire a person just because someone has referred them to me. [more inside]
posted by musicgold at 8:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Greek Bonds

Greek Bonds: 30.03.12 They have a nominal value of 1000 euros but trade at 39 euros? How does buying bonds work, and why cant I buy just one for 39 euros? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 8:40 AM PST - 6 comments

Let's get to the point

Looking for a high-quality, wall-mounted, manual pencil sharpener. Any recommendations?
posted by Chrysostom at 8:03 AM PST - 5 comments

Downton Abbey fix without Downton Abbey?

I'm absolutely hooked on Downton Abbey. What other British period series/movies should I watch? [more inside]
posted by Falwless at 7:59 AM PST - 43 comments

Pimp my roof, garden of eden edition

Help me turn my new roof terrace into a luxuriant, highly productive garden! [more inside]
posted by narcotizingdysfunction at 7:42 AM PST - 5 comments

I can name that software in 5 bytes

Which Facebook business software was I looking at? [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum at 7:37 AM PST - 2 comments

Farmers' Marketing

I'm looking for a primer on the business-side of the small-scale produce production. [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck at 7:30 AM PST - 3 comments

Will Lonesome George ever find a mate?

What are some publicly available prizes or rewards for solving really obscure / awesome problems? [more inside]
posted by CharlieSue at 7:15 AM PST - 9 comments

I don't know how to play this game

Do you have tips or resources that would help an overly earnest "nice guy" type navigate political maneuverings at work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:08 AM PST - 9 comments

What to look for in choosing LTC for a parent?

What should I look for in choosing long term care and/or hospice facilities for my mom? Subquestion--anyone know of good ones on the SW Burbs of Chicago? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper at 7:07 AM PST - 9 comments

WTF deoxy.org?

Does anybody know what has happened to deoxy.org? Their website seems to have completely fubar'd since the last time I was there.
posted by bukvich at 7:04 AM PST - 14 comments

Bringing awesome back.

What are some everyday ways I can awesome-ize my life? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 7:02 AM PST - 32 comments

Why is the wireless part of my wireless router so slow?

Do I need to buy a new router? (boring details of really slow wireless performance below the fold) [more inside]
posted by tkerugger at 6:58 AM PST - 8 comments

Schengen, Schengen

Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Schengen - does time in those three countries count against the 90/180 days? [more inside]
posted by resiny at 6:38 AM PST - 3 comments

Video editing software for mashups.

I made some mashups. Now I want to mashup the music videos too. What video editing software should I use? [more inside]
posted by Jairus at 6:33 AM PST - 3 comments

Brooklyn tips

Brooklyn! I'm going to be in you for three days. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by emelenjr at 6:26 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I commission a logo?

How do I hire a graphics person to make a small logo? [more inside]
posted by Doofus Magoo at 6:12 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I protect my monitors from my cats?

Over the weekend, one of my cats managed to destroy two TFT monitors. How do I protect the replacements from a similar fate? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 5:55 AM PST - 6 comments

Great CD Audiobooks of the Western World

My question is very simple. I want to "read" the Brittinanica Great Books of the Western World on CD audio while I'm doing housework. [more inside]
posted by KMH at 5:41 AM PST - 5 comments

Tell me how to stop making this JavaScript mistake.

I keep making the same JavaScript mistake, writing = when the rules call for ==. It's because both signs mean "equal," but in different contexts. Any tips for reprogramming myself so I get it right every time?
posted by markcmyers at 5:41 AM PST - 29 comments

How can I check over the network whether a Word file is open?

I need a cheap or free, simple solution for two people using Microsoft Word on a local network to see if the other person has a file open. [more inside]
posted by unreason at 4:45 AM PST - 16 comments

Help us maximize the awesomeness of our week in Savannah

Help us have an awesome (and vegetarian friendly) vacation in Savannah! [more inside]
posted by Aversion Therapy at 4:45 AM PST - 5 comments

I seem to have Online Reverse Midas Touch Syndrome. Anyone know of a cure?

I seem to have Online Reverse Midas Touch Syndrome. Anyone know of a cure? [more inside]
posted by tamagogirl at 1:01 AM PST - 21 comments

Whats up with my vision?

Whats up with my vision? I sporadically have a condition I have trouble describing. [more inside]
posted by Hither at 12:36 AM PST - 12 comments

January 29

I Will Always Sing This Duet?

Song-finder filter. For a friend, though there isn't a lot to go on. From the 40's or 50's, popular karaoke song especially among old people apparently?. Male and female duet. [more inside]
posted by Garm at 11:50 PM PST - 16 comments

Could Yelp be made useful?

My experience using Yelp is that it increasingly sucks. Highly reviewed places can range from decent to abysmal and there is no telling. But one can find some reviewers who seem consistently accurate, and while yelp allows you to follow these folks, it would be much easier if you could FILTER with these folks , but Yelp seems not to want that to happen, for obvious commercial reasons. Could someone develop some way to do that on top of the web site? And if Yelp is unusable for quality reviews, besides CH where else do folks recommend? THanks!
posted by dougiedd at 11:42 PM PST - 16 comments

Google search result: Can this damage be undone?

I have been very careful not to have my full name or my child's name associated with our address on any searchable documents due to privacy/custody concerns. My full name is now showing up on a document attached to my child's school's website. Please help me figure out how to best fix this. [more inside]
posted by lunaazul at 11:32 PM PST - 13 comments

I know it's a camera angle, but how do I MEASURE it?

How do I measure the angle I hold my camera at to take a picture, so I can take other photos to composite together and have it not look terrible? [more inside]
posted by mephron at 9:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for a primer on cheese.

Looking for a primer on cheese. [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 9:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Please identify this hand puppet.

I saw this gif of this spooky puppet thing on tumblr with no identifying information, and I'm dying to know more. Anyone know what this is or where it's from?
posted by whitneyarner at 9:20 PM PST - 3 comments

anti-depression tablets for chronic pain?

It's been about six months since I last brought up depression and taking tablets with my therapist. I think I'm going to bring it up again in my next session later this week. For those dealing with chronic health and pain issues, did you find anti-depressants helped you manage and maintain a semblance of normal function? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:52 PM PST - 13 comments

Brazil for Awesome People

After finding ourselves in the unexpected position of having a two-week trip but no idea where to go on it, my boyfriend and I have decided to go to Brazil! Which is a gigantic country, so your help, opinions, and itineraries are much desired. [more inside]
posted by firstbest at 8:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Google privacy policy in computer-speak; please help!

Is the new Google privacy policy reasonable or should I take further steps to protect my information? [more inside]
posted by sb3 at 7:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Disabling DS Lite Wifi?

Is there a way to disable the wifi on a Nintendo DS Lite semi-permanently? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 7:20 PM PST - 10 comments

She doesn't like my preferred birth control "policy". How to compromise?

BirthControlFilter: New couple discussing our options to have better sex while avoiding babies. We're having trouble compromising and could use some advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:16 PM PST - 91 comments

how much rent should my better half pay in my house?

Girlfriend potentially moving in to my house in about half a year. I own my own house (though am paying a mortgage). What should she cover when she moves in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:01 PM PST - 52 comments

Can you recommend a good relationship counselor in the Bay Area?

Can you recommend a good relationship counselor in the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Can I ask for a rent reduction?

I want a reduction in rent, but landlord hasn't renewed the lease yet. I have rented an apartment located in Virginia for the past year; the location is wonderful and the unit is spacious, but the management company is less than ideal. I'm willing to put up with that if I can get a reduction in my rent. Do I have a chance? What do I say? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Would like to be introduced to Mr. Sherlock Holmes

What Sherlock Holmes books should I read, and in what order should I read them? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 5:45 PM PST - 25 comments

How much to charge for long-term cat-sitting for a good friends?

How much to charge for long-term cat-sitting for a good friends? [more inside]
posted by aydeejones at 5:41 PM PST - 51 comments

What's your secret ingredient for a unique cup of coffee?

Coffee: Add a little cream, a little sugar... And? Or? Surely there are other options. What else do you add to mix it up a bit? What's your secret ingredient for a unique cup of coffee?
posted by 2oh1 at 5:35 PM PST - 71 comments

Where can I stay informed on new killer apps?

Frequently I notice that iPhone/iPad apps initially go on sale initially at a reduced price. Moog's Animoog app, for example, debuted for a limited time at $0.99 and now costs $30. Obviously this is a strategy to get buzz and positive reviews. However, I'm bummed for missing this deal. Are there any websites that give the reader a heads up on killer apps that have just come out and which are being offered for practically nothing?
posted by prunes at 5:30 PM PST - 11 comments

At a loss for a job!

Need a Job Filter: Need help with recommendations for some jobs I can look into soon, with the degree(s) I have, and the work experience I have. Some fun and snowflakey details await you! [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat at 5:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Random searches for misdirection

Please help me find .... it was a program or maybe a FireFox add-in that constantly submitted random search-engine searches - the idea being to prevent google/bing/whoever from building any kind of meaningful profile of the user. Thanks
posted by Xhris at 4:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me decode Unicode

What languages use a U with a ring on it (U+016E), and how is it pronounced? What is an "incomplete infinity" (U+29DC), and why does it need a symbol? Who uses a times sign in two circles (U+2A37), and for what? And why is a small capital psi (U+1D2A) in the Phonetic Extensions block? How do I find the answer to things like this? [more inside]
posted by wanderingmind at 4:29 PM PST - 9 comments

Where can I find pants for a tall, thin, long-rise needing boyfriend?

My boyfriend is long and thin, and I can't find pants to fit him. [more inside]
posted by Sal and Richard at 4:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Decode what looks like a quadruple negative please.

Could someone explain the sentence from a Guardian article on yesterday's Liverpool v United cup tie: No Liverpool devotee left the ground wondering what the point was of buying Jordan Henderson or, through gritted teeth, having to steel himself not to admit his dissatisfaction with Carroll in the presence of people who are not fans of the club.
posted by therubettes at 4:10 PM PST - 5 comments

I need the skills.

How should I train a new pilot in EVE online so that I can have a head start when I start playing in June? [more inside]
posted by JimmyJames at 3:51 PM PST - 10 comments

Unexpected Toddler Poop Accidents

My basically potty trained three-and-a-half year old has started having poop accidents. Any ideas why this might be happening (and how we might stop it)? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn at 3:48 PM PST - 13 comments

Baby Won't Sleep During the Day. Help!

3 month old baby sleeps well during the night, but not during the day, which is stressing out his parents big time. As his dad, I'm here to ask for help to solve the problem. Specific details inside. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 3:48 PM PST - 29 comments

Why do movie stars do convetions?

Sci-Fi Convention Filters: Why do movie stars do autograph and photo-op sessions? [more inside]
posted by Flood at 3:30 PM PST - 24 comments

1970s Children's BookFilter

I am trying to find a piece of my childhood for my soon-to-be-born Little One. [more inside]
posted by extraheavymarcellus at 3:19 PM PST - 2 comments

vaguely remembered Adam and Eve comic

Can you identify and even locate a vaguely remembered online comic strip (possibly a copy of an offline work; I think it was black and white but am not sure) which I read years ago that retold the story of Adam and Eve but from a non-Christian perspective (possibly pagan / New Age) with the serpent being an agent of freedom and enlightenment and God being a scary force of moralizing repression?
posted by Bwithh at 2:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Dirtstache optical illusion!

When I shave my face, it always leaves behind the appearance of a dirtstache. How do I stop this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Clean My Injector, Baby

Do those bottles of fuel injector cleaner fuel additive actually do anything? [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 1:59 PM PST - 12 comments

Resistors in a circuit--does it matter much?

Noob electronics question: Can I replace a 3Mohm 1/2 W resistor on a guitar pedal circuit with a 3.3Mohm resistor? [more inside]
posted by sleepy pete at 1:55 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I get rid of this icon in my OS 10.6.8 menu bar?

What is this icon that has mysteriously appeared in my Mac OS 10.6.8 menu bar, and how do I get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by invisible ink at 1:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Cookies and scotch = best day ever

What cookies go well with scotch? [more inside]
posted by soft and hardcore taters at 1:05 PM PST - 23 comments


Stylists and hair-owners of AskMe, please recommend your best performing and best scented pomade. [more inside]
posted by heyho at 1:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Tax spreadsheet with formulas?

Are US tax forms available as formula-based, linked Excel spreadsheets or Google Doc templates or something similar? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy at 12:50 PM PST - 7 comments

What percentage of incoming freshman at elite colleges have taken AP courses?

helpateacherfilter: I'm an inner city teacher currently trying to invest my kids on the importance of taking Advanced Placement classes when they are in high school. I'm in need of data. I need the data that shows what percentage of incoming freshman at Ivy League or other "elite" schools have taken AP courses. [more inside]
posted by allthewhile at 12:48 PM PST - 19 comments

Being inside your home or outside "in the world" - is it normal to make this split in life?

Being inside your home or outside "in the world" - is it normal to make this split in life? [more inside]
posted by Lotsofcoffee at 12:31 PM PST - 17 comments

Logging Footage the fastest way

What's the fastest way of creating a text-based representation of a relatively complicated folder structure (directory tree) on a mac? I found this link, but have no idea how something like that works or would be implemented. [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 12:24 PM PST - 25 comments

When I was a kid the advice would have been "shrug it off"

Basic dog first-aid (not an emergency) filter: what is the best approach to cleaning up/treating a minor cut from a rock? [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly at 12:22 PM PST - 9 comments

I got the dishwasher blues

Dishwasher residue buildup. It isn't mineral buildup. What now? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic at 12:21 PM PST - 20 comments

Looking to move out of IT...help me find the way!

Tell Me About Your Lateral Move out of IT... Mid-40's IT guy, realizes these 'golden handcuffs' are chaffing a bit, looking for career change into something else. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:51 AM PST - 11 comments

Spreadsheet vs. Database?

I've been using a spreadsheet (actually, three or four different spreadsheets....) to keep track of names, contact info, and task completion for a large number of people. Would switching to a database ultimately be easier and less stressful? And if so, what would be the best software for a database newbie to use? Or is there some other perfect solution out there? [more inside]
posted by kittenmarlowe at 11:46 AM PST - 6 comments

What to message friend after first date?

Went on a first date with a friend of a friend yesterday. She's pretty cool and the conversation flowed easily, but I wasn't feeling anything special. I want to message her on facebook any say something along the lines of "I had fun but I don't think we should continue" but need help composing the message. [more inside]
posted by katerschluck at 11:27 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me give a horse a name in Arabic, please?

Naming suggestions for a foal in Arabic? [more inside]
posted by Tchad at 10:56 AM PST - 9 comments

Credit card fraud: How does it work?

How is it that my credit cards get used by people in distant states? [more inside]
posted by cccorlew at 10:55 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me make an idea into a book

I have a great idea for an instructional book, but I know nothing about what to do next... [more inside]
posted by palacewalls at 10:49 AM PST - 3 comments

Suddenly Spotting

What is afflicting my ornamental trees? [more inside]
posted by dozo at 10:02 AM PST - 4 comments

Where can I go to see coins being made?

Some guy told me that the Philadelphia Mint is undergoing renovations and repairs, and thus not doing any tours for the public. But that the Denver mint is open, and doing tours for the public. Can anyone confirm that the Denver Mint is open for tours, and the Philadelphia Mint is not? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 9:38 AM PST - 5 comments

How to unrar lots of rars.

So, I have a whole folder of .rar files. I would like to de-archive all of them, but can't seem to find a way besides clicking them one at a time. I am running Ubuntu, and the only program I've tried so far is the default archive utility program. I haven't been able to find a solution by googling, but maybe my keywords are off. Help me save hours of repetitive clicking!
posted by klugarsh at 9:35 AM PST - 10 comments

Frameless LP jacket wall hanging?

I want to hang some LP covers on a wall, and remember years ago seeing a cheap little kit that was something like four pieces of clear plastic for the corners, connected by an elastic string X-shape in the back that could hang on a nail. The result was a neat frameless effect that I liked, but I can't find it again. Does anyone know what that kit was and where I can buy it? [more inside]
posted by mediareport at 9:29 AM PST - 4 comments

How do people manage to work with a bad cold?

How do people who have 'mission critical' jobs cope when they have a bad cold? [more inside]
posted by stenoboy at 8:54 AM PST - 44 comments

In search of synchronized treadmill workout videos.

In search of synchronized treadmill workout videos. [more inside]
posted by SNACKeR at 8:53 AM PST - 3 comments

Herding cats a short distance

Please help me move two outside cats a distance of half a block. [more inside]
posted by toodleydoodley at 8:24 AM PST - 8 comments

Is there any (legal) way for me to see this movie?

I have long been wanting to see one particular movie (Saving Sarah Cain, if that matters). The problem? Only the NTSC/region 1 version seems to be available for purchase anywhere, and Amazon/lovefilm and similar on-demand streaming sites will not let me watch the movie from my country. Am I really out of luck? [more inside]
posted by M. at 8:17 AM PST - 9 comments

Cheap Thrills!

Help me get my kicks! Where can I find free slides, free-standing roller coasters, and other amusements? [more inside]
posted by mds35 at 8:05 AM PST - 3 comments

Sudden bottle feeding strike, doo dah, doo dah

Suddenly my ten week old baby is refusing bottles of breastmilk. Just in time for daycare. Help! [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 8:01 AM PST - 16 comments

Mobile me

Drupal mobile site: what's the easiest solution? [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY at 7:43 AM PST - 3 comments

Running into peope when you have social anxiety

How do I (someone with social anxiety) overcome my fear of running into certain people after a relationship ends badly? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:40 AM PST - 10 comments

A to B and C and D

Yahoo-Pipes-filter, or there's-gotta-be-a-way filter: help me figure out a way to automatically post new posts to Facebook and Twitter. A couple difficulties inside... [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul at 6:23 AM PST - 5 comments

At least I Won't Develop an Addiction...

Vicodin for post-surgery pain = itchy hives. Percocet for same pain = itching and no pain relief. Another surgery in the near future... What are my options for pain mitigation? [more inside]
posted by LOLAttorney2009 at 5:27 AM PST - 13 comments

How to get to Dingle, Ireland

Best way to get to Dingle, Ireland from Canada? [more inside]
posted by Milau at 5:19 AM PST - 15 comments

How to find the Melbourne (Australia) hardcore punk scene again?

How to find the Melbourne (Australia) hardcore punk scene again? [more inside]
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet at 5:15 AM PST - 1 comment

Over the dystopia already

Where are all the books about the future that are NOT dystopian? I'm not looking for utopian books, but just something that's not so depressing. [more inside]
posted by Zaire at 4:09 AM PST - 31 comments

Advice needed on running a crit group for artists.

Advice needed on running a crit group for artists. I’ve been asked to set up and run a crit group for artists at my local printmaking workshop. Although I teach, I’ve never run a group like this before so I’m a little unsure of how to go about it. [more inside]
posted by Intaglio a go-go at 2:56 AM PST - 5 comments

Has my vintage Ese-Jane dress form been reassembled incorrectly?

Has my vintage Ese-Jane dress form been reassembled incorrectly? [more inside]
posted by bingoes at 2:04 AM PST - 2 comments

How can I go back to scbool?

What are my options for resuming my undergraduate education? Somewhat longwinded special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by panthera at 12:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Qu'est que c'est "the economist" en francais?

Does anyone have suggestions for French magazines I could read on my ipad? I have been trying to start reading a few to keep up my language skills, but all of the ones I've tried so far (nouvel obs, Le Point, Le Monde Diplomatique) have catastrophically bad ipad apps. Does anyone have recommendations for french language ipad publications that actually have decent reading experiences?
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory at 12:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Super Inflation

Why did inflation increase so dramatically in most Western economies in 1975? Why did inflation remain at 10-15% levels around the world through the recessions of the late 1970s and only return to "normal" 3-5% levels in the 1983 recession?
posted by dave99 at 12:27 AM PST - 10 comments

January 28

No period (at least yet...) on the mini-pill?

No period (at least yet) on a progestin-only birth control pill; do I really have to go in to the doctor? [more inside]
posted by My Top Secret Sock Puppet Account at 11:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me decipher this old handwriting.

Help me decipher some old handwriting. [more inside]
posted by wowbobwow at 10:53 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I relearn how to focus? How do I relearn how to learn?

How do I get back into the swing of programming and coding regularly when I can't concentrate and can't find the motivation? Long, continuing illness has made me out of practice and lacking in energy and concentration. [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux at 10:40 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me be less ugly

I'm 25. I recently noticed that I'm starting to get ugly little red veins on my nose.... [more inside]
posted by Lobster Garden at 9:40 PM PST - 10 comments

Too old to start a family?

Hello Everyone! I am 28 and my husband is 25. We have been considering the prospect of starting a family in the next 2-3 years. I am apprehensive because I am concerned that I may too old to do this (I would be about 30 when we started -- we are considering having 3 children, so I would be mid to later 30's when we are done.) I am worried that I may be too old to safely have children (I am concerned about pregnancy difficulties and complications). [more inside]
posted by neanderloid at 9:17 PM PST - 61 comments

iMac trackpad and keyboard aren't working

I just got an iMac, but the wireless trackpad and keyboard aren't working. [more inside]
posted by John Cohen at 9:05 PM PST - 22 comments

What is causing my pelvic pain?

I'm having pelvic pain. You are not my doctor. I have an appointment next week, but would like to go prepared. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:35 PM PST - 16 comments

Psychologist Conflict of Interest?

Is continuing to see a psychologist that was initially hired by my employer to assess my fitness for work an ethical issue if I am no longer employed with that organization? [more inside]
posted by ariyadhana at 8:32 PM PST - 4 comments

Is there a way to tell who is reading my LiveJournal page?

Is there a way to tell who is reading my LiveJournal page, either by LJ account name or IP? Does it make a difference if they have friended me (but not vice versa) or whether I have a pay account? I know about the "My Guests" tab, but if I'm understanding things correctly that only tells me about people who are logged in and have opted to be "visible".
posted by anonymous at 8:05 PM PST - 4 comments

How best to pan cook almonss?

I'm pan cooking Whole Foods bulk raw almonds, amd I'm trying to get them crunchy rather than chewy or mealy. I'm sauteeing them over med-high heat in a 10" skillet with a little olive oil and salt. Should I toast them low and long or hot and quick?
posted by the sobsister at 7:50 PM PST - 12 comments


Can you direct me to genuinely funny comedic soft-core or hard-core pornographies? Along the lines of naked sitcoms? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:36 PM PST - 23 comments

How to quickly add a watermark....

Looking for the easiest, quickest, and least processor-power hungry way to add watermarks to video.... [more inside]
posted by ryanbryan at 7:35 PM PST - 3 comments

A web-based publishing system for a school?

I like the idea of a content management system for an elementary school, so students can write and publish in a clean system with a back-end database. Help me understand the dimensions of the idea. [more inside]
posted by argybarg at 6:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Are the books outside the bookstore too cheap to be worth selling?

Are chain bookstores hoping that somebody will take the books they leave in their entryways? [more inside]
posted by Ipsifendus at 6:46 PM PST - 22 comments

Fireworks in my head!

Music nerds! I'm looking for recommendations for songs that have synesthetic effects- music that makes you see colors, feel cold, et cetera when you listen to it. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc at 6:24 PM PST - 9 comments

How has the internet changed the newsroom?

How has the internet changed the newsroom? [more inside]
posted by Mr C at 5:42 PM PST - 11 comments

Help a Nervous Neighbor Get Over the Hill

Topographical info for highways near me generally, and specifically how much grade on California Highway 1 from San Luis Obispo to Morro Bay? [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop at 5:35 PM PST - 4 comments

Tell me where to eat raw fish

My favorite sushi place in Seattle is Mashiko. I'm living in San Francisco. What's my favorite sushi place in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 5:03 PM PST - 10 comments

Movin' on Up

Mr. Cupcakes and I are moving from Seattle to Lummi Island at the end of February, and we need to hire movers. Looking for recommendations and ballpark prices for full service movers (packing, loading, transport, and unloading included). [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes at 4:31 PM PST - 4 comments

Candy war in my brain.

Another lost children's book question. Candy armies converging from all parts of the (world? map?) to fight each other, I think. [more inside]
posted by vrakatar at 4:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Cursor in Photoshop Elements 8 driving me nuts. Help?!

Why is my cursor spinning (i.e. "thinking") so frequently in Photoshop Elements 8 (PSE 8)? [more inside]
posted by aelish at 3:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Are we wrong for each other or too scared to try?

My partner and I feel comfortable and safe in our relationship, and we feel love for one another. But we are sexually unfulfilled, and to a smaller extent emotionally and/or intellectually troubled. How do we know whether to break up or to work at it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:36 PM PST - 20 comments

How do I make websites less social?

Are there any Firefox/Chrome plugins that remove facebook/G+/Twitter/etc from other websites? [more inside]
posted by apip at 3:19 PM PST - 13 comments

Good Mexican food in Redwood City

My husband will be in Redwood City (attending this event) for work over the next fortnight and wants to take his team to a good Mexican restaurant there. Any recommendations? Walking distance would be good but not crucial.
posted by tracicle at 3:16 PM PST - 8 comments

Give me a difficult challenge

Help me come up with a list insanely difficult, completely stupid things to accomplish. [more inside]
posted by jmugrapler at 3:16 PM PST - 54 comments

Cross country trepidation

What should I know about Corvallis Oregon before accepting an offer to work there? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:07 PM PST - 17 comments

Hahaha... Claire.

Please spoil Final Fantasy XIII for me in advance of the sequel! [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder at 2:36 PM PST - 2 comments

Friend's Boyfriend Might be a very Sketchy Dude

I heard rumors of some serious allegations of embezzlement about a good friend’s boyfriend. I don’t know what I should do with this information. I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:15 PM PST - 26 comments

help us find sources for item prices from 1998!

My wife is asking her students to chart comparisons between prices of objects/items from the year they were born compared to prices today. Her kids are having a difficult time finding those prices from 1998 (the year most of them were born). I've struck out as well. Do you have any online sources for catalogues, price lists, etc from '98?
posted by HuronBob at 2:10 PM PST - 15 comments

What loop pedal or loop pedal + other pedals can allow me to control loops like I want?

What type of loop pedal can do what I want? [more inside]
posted by figTree at 1:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Inside: Leak. Outside: Water (ice) coming from under eaves. What to do?

HOME REPAIR: My over-the-range microwave had water in it! I uninstalled it and found a slow drip coming from the vent duct. Then I went outside and saw a bunch of ice coming out from under the eaves. I don't know much about home construction or repair. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack at 1:54 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I get my printer to work wirelessly with Mac OS X 10.7.2 Lion?

I've downloaded the correct driver (version 8.61) off epson.com to get my new Epson NX430 printer to work with Mac OS X 10.7.2 Lion on my 2011 Macbook Pro, but the printer still only works when the USB cable is connected. It won't work using WiFi, even though my Internet connection seems to be fine. [more inside]
posted by zembla3 at 1:45 PM PST - 3 comments

Get me out of Google's grip! Paid mail/cal alternatives?

Help me switch from Google services (Mail/Cal...) to a paid alternatives. [more inside]
posted by tkbarbarian at 1:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Interesting framing suggestions for an old photo?

I recently bought an old black and white photo of Albert Einstein delivering a lecture in Berlin. Its 17cm x 12cm (about 7"x5"). I want to have it near my desk. What are my options for framing it or preserving without damaging ir in any way? Open to very creative suggestions. [more inside]
posted by vizsla at 1:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Help Selecting Camera

Need to understand what kind of camera I should get based on the criteria of this beginner's class. (You need to scroll down to the second class, "Introduction to Digital Photography.") [more inside]
posted by orsonet at 12:57 PM PST - 13 comments

Creepy crawlies

Any bug experts in the house? [more inside]
posted by legendarygirlfriend at 12:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Should I have sex with a guy I'm not attracted to?

I'm single and I've been saying for ages I want to have more sex. I'm getting sick of finding I'm in the mood and not being able to (really) enjoy it. A new guy I met recently has fallen madly for me, and would clearly get physical if I showed any interest in him. Truth is I don't find him physically attractive at all, and I don't think there is any chemistry for me, but he seems trustworthy and an ok person. Assuming he would be ok with sex w/o a relationship, am I crazy to shag him just because I want the sex? Have any of you girls ever done this - what was it like? Worth it?
posted by EatMyHat at 12:00 PM PST - 34 comments

Yet another cat food question - fat cats with urinary tract issues

I took Damon to the vet yesterday and he's about 5 lbs over weight. Squeaky is similarly overweight. Damon has had crystals in his urinary tract (several years ago), so I'm looking for a diet food that will minimize crystal formation. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 11:43 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I construct a url to search Amazon's kindle store?

How do I construct a URL so that it will search Amazon's Kindle store with any text I append to the end of it? I can create one to search all of Amazon (by simply taking the URL I get as the result of an ordinary search and adding words to the end), but I can't find a way of specifying in the URL that it should only search the Kindle store.
posted by humblepigeon at 11:21 AM PST - 3 comments

I probably won't sleep, but I'm determined to enjoy myself anyway.

I'm going in for a sleep study this week (both the "overnight" and the "daytime napping" parts) and I have a few practical questions. [more inside]
posted by SMPA at 11:07 AM PST - 13 comments

And the winner is...me

Looking for a good resource that could tell me the best way to watch the 2012 Oscar-nominated movies (i.e. only in theaters, dvd available)? [more inside]
posted by pencroft at 11:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Inconvenienced by landlord - is it ridiculous to ask for some money off the rent?

Inconvenienced by landlord - is it ridiculous to ask for some money off the rent? [more inside]
posted by kilohertz at 10:42 AM PST - 51 comments

Which book is my daughter remembering?

Can anyone help my 8 year old daughter remember a particular children's book that made an impression on her? I don't have much to go on, but the story seems to revolve around a boy (and possibly a dog) who live in a village(?) at a time when bombing is happening (suggesting WWII?). The boy spends a lot of time watching trains (skipping school to do so) and dreams of going to his grandmother's house until he eventually runs away on one after some problems at home (possibly involving the police). While on the train he meets a family *on the top*(?) of the train and befriends a girl who is like a servant/slave to the family. She thinks she read it in the last year or so and I guess it would be appropriate for her age. Any ideas what the book might be? Thanks in advance! (note that I suspect the book is by a British author)
posted by oclipa at 10:37 AM PST - 9 comments

Need Short Story to Write About

Need recommendations for a good literary short story (or two) on which to write a 1200-1500ish word paper. [more inside]
posted by Gymnopedist at 10:12 AM PST - 24 comments

Can anybody recommend a virtual / cloud print service?

Can anybody recommend a virtual / cloud print service? [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 9:25 AM PST - 6 comments

Wallets for storing 6x4 photos

Photograph print storage and archiving. I have several document boxes full of randomly sized and often somewhat tatty photo wallets, usually containing either 24 or 36 6x4 photos, and neg strips. I'm looking for a storage system to migrate these too. Basically, I'd like to take the photos out the old wallets, put them in the new standard card/plastic wallets, and then add/write some index terms on the top spine and cover. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by carter at 9:07 AM PST - 3 comments

what kind of aunt am I?

My nephew is 5 weeks old, and I still didn't go and see him. How bad, abnormal am I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:06 AM PST - 52 comments

update on tailored shirts for men online

I'd like to find a place to buy men's tailored shirts online, hopefully at prices between $20 - $50. I'd also like to know, once I get a nice shirt, what is the best way to keep it from getting a yellow ring on the collar? [more inside]
posted by rebent at 8:21 AM PST - 3 comments

You have a nice face

Why am I such an easy mark? [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 at 8:11 AM PST - 37 comments

Sgt Pepper cover of Q Magazine - did this happen?

Did Q Magazine ever do a cover in the style of Sgt. Pepper? [more inside]
posted by jabes at 8:01 AM PST - 3 comments

The Easiest Calendar App to use (aka a Calendar for a Calendar-hater)

What's the most user-friendly Android calendar app? The prettiest layout wins. [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 at 6:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Where can I get custom sets of guitar strings manufactured?

Where can I get custom sets of guitar strings manufactured? [more inside]
posted by rinsemedown at 6:49 AM PST - 5 comments

How would a penguin wish a human happy birthday?

I'm in need of penguin themed birthday wishes! [more inside]
posted by royalsong at 6:43 AM PST - 12 comments

Blue and green

Has anyone else been having imessage vs. text message problems lately? [more inside]
posted by 6and12 at 6:02 AM PST - 11 comments

Hunting for Location, Location, Location

I love reading The Hunt column in the NY Times. Love watching "Location, Location, Location" (which I only get to see on cable when I'm at a hotel I travel to for work). Loved House Hunters when I saw it while overseas. I even like reading Ask Metafilter questions about where people should rent or buy when I have never even been to that city. What else would I like? [more inside]
posted by AnnaRat at 12:55 AM PST - 10 comments

Where to get cheap and fresh fruits and veggies in Alexandria, VA?

Grocery shopping in Alexandria, VA without a car and on a $200/month budget? [more inside]
posted by elisse at 12:20 AM PST - 25 comments

January 27

How to contact big name talent?

Any tips for securing big name (sort of) talent for an indie pilot? [more inside]
posted by djduckie at 11:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Is this from a movie?

Is there a movie in which a large amount of colorful gumballs is dumped over a bridge into a convertible passing under the bridge? I'm not sure if this is from a movie I've seen, or if I simply dreamed it. [more inside]
posted by cp311 at 11:11 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me pick an ethically-manufactured laptop.

Help me pick an ethically-manufactured laptop. [more inside]
posted by delight at 9:26 PM PST - 23 comments

Make mine Makgeolli

When I visited my brother in Korea, I fell in love with Maekgeolli. I liked the crisper, almost tart stuff, with more carbonation. Now I'm trying to buy it in Korean markets here in LA, and while they've got a lot of it, I can't seem to navigate the varieties. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston at 9:25 PM PST - 2 comments

Grieving for the living?

My sister cut herself off from me over a year ago, and I'm still hurting. Any advice over getting over this at last? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:07 PM PST - 17 comments

Any engineers out there?

I want to rig up a way to cover and uncover my fire alarm with ease. I cannot cook in my apartment, at all, without it going off, and I am too short to climb up and cover it every time. Any engineers out there? I'm thinking a wall aligned contraption like what would be on a very high window...does that make sense? Parts? How-to?
posted by Hannahesque at 7:53 PM PST - 27 comments

Dinner on a budget in Temecula, CA?

Where would a couple of quasi-broke thirtysomething bohemians have dinner in Temecula, CA on a Sunday night? [more inside]
posted by mirepoix at 7:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Emotions Anonymous - Useful or Creepy?

Is Emotions Anonymous really as culty as it seems to be? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 7:16 PM PST - 18 comments

Not sure if it's trust or communication that's the problem here.

If my boyfriend says he's coming home late by txt, and I want to know more basic information, like who he's hanging out with, maybe also where, how can I communicate my need to know (for my own peace of mind) without coming off as insecure or controlling? [more inside]
posted by Sa Dec at 7:08 PM PST - 86 comments

What's a practice dinner and how much should it cost?

What the heck's a practice dinner and was I really supposed to pay for it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:51 PM PST - 23 comments

I don't want to flash people!

Can you recommend me some stylish women's "button-down" shirts online? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 6:43 PM PST - 13 comments

Why will China win the 21st century?

Suppose you had to defend the thesis that the 21st Century is going to be the Chinese Century, in the way that the 20th Century is often referred to as the American Century. What arguments would you muster to support that claim? [more inside]
posted by slappy_pinchbottom at 5:53 PM PST - 11 comments

Samsung Allshare Problems

Cannot connect Samsung television to shared laptop (allshare problem) [more inside]
posted by smithsmith at 5:42 PM PST - 8 comments

What is a decent bonus for social media sales?

I just got a job working as the head of social media marketing for a startup company--exciting! There's only one problem: my new boss wants to incentivize the position through bonuses. I have no idea what to pitch in return. [more inside]
posted by Hot Like Your 12V Wire at 5:00 PM PST - 8 comments

What's with the prevalence of filmed-off-TV YouTube videos?

Why is it that, when content providers go on DMCA takedown-sprees on YouTube, versions of the content that were visibly filmed off of a TV or other monitor often remain? Is this some kind of loophole, or do content providers choose not to go after low quality copies of copyrighted content?
posted by speedgraphic at 4:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Let the planning continue!!

I asked this question a week ago and thanks to the wonderful answers I'm taking my girlfriend to Iceland for her birthday from February 10-15! We're both excited, but I'd love some more suggestions as to how best to fill our time in Iceland... [more inside]
posted by slide at 4:32 PM PST - 15 comments

Attempt no landings.

Reading about Gingrich's plan to mine the moon, I starting wondering: could the orbital stability of the moon be changed if enough mass was transferred to the Earth? [more inside]
posted by hanoixan at 4:27 PM PST - 13 comments

How can I convince my boss to consider a different way of tracking jobs?

How can I convince my boss to consider a different way of tracking jobs? [more inside]
posted by fartknocker at 4:15 PM PST - 12 comments

Is this a sensible running routine, considering my background?

Hey mefite runners and athletes! Am I running too fast too soon? Over the past 3 weeks, I have run 3 miles, 3 times a week, with somewhat alarming gains in speed. I know from the testimony of others that my enthusiasm could lead to injury and over training. The thing is, I have kept the distance to a strict 5k, and have only run 3 times a week. How do I stand? [more inside]
posted by Sine_Agraphia at 4:12 PM PST - 13 comments

Stream PC -> Tivo

How can I stream video from a PC to a Tivo cable box? [more inside]
posted by mad bomber what bombs at midnight at 3:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Give me some more

Music Heaven - Old man seeks new music from a generation behind me from persons ca. 20 to 29. Recommendations, youtube links, personal favs - greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 at 3:00 PM PST - 30 comments

"It seems to me I am trying to tell you a dream."

Looking for novels with first-person narrators, in the style of Conrad's Heart of Darkness (specifically Marlow), E.L. Doctorow's Homer & Langley, Sandor Marai's Embers, etc. [more inside]
posted by scody at 2:17 PM PST - 37 comments

Open all pinned items on Windows 7 jump lists?

Is there any way to open all of the pinned items on a program's jump list in Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by dubadubowbow at 2:11 PM PST - 3 comments

My house is growing cold, please hope me!

Seattle: *urgent* need for a plumbing/heating maintenance today or this weekend for the in-floor heating of my townhome. Haven't had heat since apparently Wednesday night, and the company that installed it is non-responsive to my repeated calls. [more inside]
posted by hincandenza at 2:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Why does Mac Pro get half the wifi speed of MacBook Air?

Why does my Mac Pro (desktop) get half the the wireless Internet speed of my MacBook Air, on the same network? [more inside]
posted by mark7570 at 1:40 PM PST - 13 comments

What to do [next] Friday night in Charlotte, NC?

How do I paint Charlotte, NC, red next Friday night? [more inside]
posted by Sunburnt at 1:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Make me Handy!

I'd like to get better at fixing things and diagnosing problems--particularly electronics and household stuff. Where should I start? [more inside]
posted by tchemgrrl at 1:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Surprisingly filling.

Where did I read/hear about this in the last few months: Charles de Gaulle's last meal, which included a tiny bird eaten whole. [more inside]
posted by HeroZero at 1:24 PM PST - 10 comments

My boss wants it to be 5 years from now

Boss wants me to access his outlook to add dates to calender from another computer. Is this possible without buying anything or knowing how to program anything? If we have to buy something, what is the cheapest, best program to buy? Can He use his computer while I am using the program? [more inside]
posted by myselfasme at 1:19 PM PST - 10 comments

No Smoking

HR Filter: Can you ask in an interview if the person is a smoker? [more inside]
posted by jrc at 1:05 PM PST - 31 comments

Two wire systems diverged in a campus, what should the less traveled one do?

University campus switching to VOIP. The landlines are perfectly good. What else can they be used for? [more inside]
posted by jwells at 12:48 PM PST - 10 comments

Used Xbox 360 games...which can I buy used without also needing to buy a new reg code?

I'm thinking about buying a few used Xbox 360 games online. Does anyone know of a definitive resource that can tell me which games/publishers are likely to require me to buy an additional registration code in order to access full online functionality? [more inside]
posted by uk_giffo at 12:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Primary care doctor and hospital/clinic recommendations in NYC, Manhattan, preferably below 34th.

Primary care doctor and hospital/clinic recommendations in NYC, Manhattan, preferably below 34th. I am helping someone choose a new primary care doctor. We are leaning towards a practitioner who is affiliated with a good sized clinic or practice for one stop shopping convenience. [more inside]
posted by flummox at 12:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Resources for learning Matlab?

I'm starting a new job soon where I will be using Matlab a whole lot. I've used Matlab (and Octave) before and know the basics, but I want to become an expert. What book should I buy, or what other resources should I look into? [more inside]
posted by no regrets, coyote at 12:15 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I find contact information for airline station managers?

How do I find contact information - names, phones, faxes, emails - for airline personnel at specific airports? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 at 12:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Well, just take a right where they're gonna build that new shopping mall…

I still feel like a stranger around DC. Where in or around the city (especially in the northeast Maryland suburbs) can I find an independently-owned, Metro-accessible food and coffee place where I can relax, work, read, and study in relative peace and comfort? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte at 12:11 PM PST - 21 comments

Chanson française

I need help identifying a song I heard this afternoon. Difficulty: in French, and no Google luck. [more inside]
posted by dhens at 12:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Maps for a political race?

I'm helping someone with their local political campaign and I've been given a voter list with about 2500 records - I'm estimating that it probably has around 1500 unique addresses. I've been asked to map them and produce street by street maps, identifying the address and which side of the street it's on to make it easier to go door to door. Some questions: [more inside]
posted by exhilaration at 11:55 AM PST - 7 comments

Everyone loves Target-- even princes

Can you help me identify what foreign dignitary, or royal family member with loads of secret service detail, I saw at Target today? [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 11:48 AM PST - 22 comments

Are there any good public locations for tabletop gaming in Manhattan?

Are there any good public locations for tabletop gaming in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze at 11:33 AM PST - 4 comments

help me ID this database!

what is this skill set- career matching database? It's one where you select your most prominent skills, and it tells you some matching careers, and also gives you some descriptions of exactly what they do. There are six areas of skills that you have to input. [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree at 11:31 AM PST - 4 comments

Desciphering Shoe Description

I recently read an Ebay description for a pair of shoes in which the soles were described as "in new condition with the black refinished paint on the bottom soles." Does anyone know what this means and/or the consequences of having refinished paint on the soles?
posted by zhang.chuck at 11:29 AM PST - 4 comments

Why haven't my references been called!?

Have you ever been hired for a job where your new employer didn't call your references (for whatever reason)? [more inside]
posted by timpanogos at 11:25 AM PST - 28 comments

I do so love the whisky.

I drink a lot of whisky and I have some favorite bottles. Can you recommend others to try? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 11:08 AM PST - 70 comments

An app to order random crap?

A couple of years ago, I read about a guy who wrote a script that would randomly order items that cost $1, so he'd get a bunch of cheap, unexpected stuff from all over. I think it was for ebay auctions, but maybe it was amazon. Does anyone remember this or know where his page was? And if you don't, does anyone know of something similar to that (automatically ordering random cheap stuff)?
posted by empath at 11:04 AM PST - 5 comments

How much could go wrong by letting some random guy try to unlock my AT&T iphone for use with Tmobile?

Could I potentially ruin my Iphone (which I love) if I take it to some guy suggested by T-Mobile to get it unlocked because AT&T won't give me the unlock code. [more inside]
posted by victoriab at 10:50 AM PST - 17 comments

Yet anothing freezing Macbook Pro

A couple of weeks ago my Macbook pro started crashing, and I can't use it without it freezing every fifteen minutes. Any suggestions before I go to the Apple Store? [more inside]
posted by catwash at 10:09 AM PST - 3 comments

How to distress an old hutch

How would you attractively distress this buffet hutch? [more inside]
posted by patrad at 10:06 AM PST - 5 comments

Breast of both worlds?

Breastfeeding woes: is there any way to battle nipple confusion without cutting out artificial nipples completely? [more inside]
posted by litnerd at 10:05 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me be faster in the kitchen!

I would very much like to be faster in the kitchen, and I'm willing to throw money at the problem. What are your favorite must-have kitchen gadgets and tools that make your life easier? [more inside]
posted by mireille at 10:01 AM PST - 47 comments

Where should I go in Alaska?

Yet another travel question. I am hoping to go to Alaska with my sisters either in July or August. I know there are lots of Alaska questions already about specific cities/towns but… I don't even know which part of Alaska to go to! [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 9:29 AM PST - 10 comments

Help my parents find a hotel in London

Help me find a hotel in London for my parents' vacation. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 9:20 AM PST - 16 comments

Religious education requirements in Morocco?

Is any kind of religious education standard or required for Moroccan students between 8 and 12 years old? [more inside]
posted by whatzit at 9:11 AM PST - 8 comments

A rewarding job? Is that a thing?

Can you help me find a more interesting, fulfilling job in the tech industry? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 9:04 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I make a life and a career out of helping animals, and how can, if at all, my degree be a part of it?

How can I help animals? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:58 AM PST - 9 comments

How much is the average car/bus parked?

How much is the average car/bus parked? [more inside]
posted by bouchacha at 8:38 AM PST - 11 comments

Where does your work stuff land when you come in the door?

I need another place to store work stuff at home. [more inside]
posted by ersatzkat at 8:33 AM PST - 7 comments

One guy, one video, four part harmony?

I can sing, and I have a MacBook Pro. What's the easiest and/or cheapest way for me to make a video where I am singing all four parts of an a cappella song? Kind of like this (in terms of style, not content).
posted by ericbop at 8:26 AM PST - 5 comments

El Norte

Illegal immigrant filter: I'm researching another short story. Civilian militias patrol US borders looking for illegals in the Southwest, but I don't understand the legal underpinnings. [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 8:10 AM PST - 11 comments

I'm in a lot of pain and want to know why.

About two years ago I started having various health issues, and since then, it's all gone downhill. It's also become clear that I need to switch doctors, so I'm asking you, Metafilter, to help me prepare for the new doctor. What's wrong with me? You are obviously not my doctor! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:58 AM PST - 35 comments

How to add FX to videos on iOS?

What are iOS apps like Snapseed and Filterstorm, but for video — to add basic effects and color correct videos shot with iPad, iPhone? VideoFX Live doesn't do the job because it only allows shooting new videos, not edit existing.
posted by vladimirfrolov at 7:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Are there long distance therapists?

Is there such a thing as a long distance or online therapist (or whatever it is I need)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:45 AM PST - 9 comments

Where can my dog and I go and have coffee?

How do I find dog friendly businesses in Northern New Jersey? [more inside]
posted by JayNolan at 7:39 AM PST - 3 comments

Can you help with this Canadian GST/HST dilemma?

Canadian tax question: I quoted a client for a job, and neglected to specify whether GST/HST is included. They think the price should be understood as including GST/HST. I think it should be understood as excluding GST/HST. Is there some external standard to resolve this? [more inside]
posted by PersonPerson at 7:36 AM PST - 23 comments

Resources on Liberal Islam?

I need help finding resources on moderate or liberal Islam. This is for a new fiction project and I want to be sure to be as respectful as possible. [more inside]
posted by Blisterlips at 7:34 AM PST - 6 comments

I don't know how to react to compliments. So how do you do it?

I don't know how to react to compliments. So how do you do it? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 7:34 AM PST - 22 comments

Sweet Stelarc on a bike

How easily can I be fitted with a pet ID tag in the UK? [more inside]
posted by BadMiker at 6:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Like Aliens, but out of my head

Some sort of weird twitch on my scalp. Armchair diagnosis plz [more inside]
posted by MangyCarface at 6:21 AM PST - 9 comments

free cancer screening

Where can I find free breast cancer screening in NJ? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Where can I find more piano music like Sunset Rubdown?

I love the piano arrangements and noise in Sunset Rubdown's music (e.g. 52s into Swimming, 1m33s into Trumpet Trumpet Toot Toot, and again 2m42s into Trumpet Trumpet Toot Toot). What other piano music should I be listening to? [more inside]
posted by yaymukund at 2:39 AM PST - 2 comments

Educational discounts for creative software if you're not in school

Is there some legitimate way to get discounts for software like Ableton Live or Photoshop? I was thinking I could take some online courses and get an educational discount this way. Any suggestions for such courses? Or other suggestions?
posted by Busoni at 2:19 AM PST - 12 comments

Businesses to start instead of spending the 200k on a grad education?

Businesses to start instead of paying for grad school? [more inside]
posted by saraindc at 1:31 AM PST - 18 comments

Teach me, Obiwan.

I have a new boss. He is awesome. Now what? [more inside]
posted by SoulOnIce at 12:30 AM PST - 16 comments

Need good acupunturist in Brooklyn or Lower Manhattan

Hi, Does anyone have current name and/or contact information for a good acupuncturist (with good bedside manner, and great knowledge of herbal medicine) in Brooklyn (Williamsburg area), or Lower Manhattan (adjacent to Brooklyn). There is a previous thread that mentions a few contact points, but it's 3-4 years old. Thanks, in advance!
posted by Vibrissae at 12:04 AM PST - 4 comments

January 26

What if I don't feel intensity in my relationship?

Is it bad if I don't feel an intense/passionate kind of love in my relationship? [more inside]
posted by Asian_Hunnie at 10:54 PM PST - 31 comments

I'm going to raise and sell snakes

This quote is driving me batty, where is it from? "Is this about the snake farm? Because I can explain! I'm going to raise and sell snakes." [more inside]
posted by supercrayon at 10:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Home Monitoring Via WebCam (Short Term)

Is there an economical way to set up a few webcams so I can remotely monitor my house (for disasters) while on vacation? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 10:37 PM PST - 13 comments

Can you walk on top of the Citadel in Quebec City?

Is it possible to walk on top of the Citadel or Ramparts in Quebec City in winter? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats at 10:29 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me pick a wi-fi mobile device

What mobile wi-fi device can I get for $300 or less that will rock? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto at 8:56 PM PST - 20 comments

No, really, there is no disk.

I have a new Macbook running Lion- 15", 2.2 Ghz i7, with 16 GB of RAM and a 240 GB SSD. It's fancy, and crazy-fast. Except for the constant crashes. Any idea as to why it might be thinking I am improperly ejecting disks when there is no disk attached? [more inside]
posted by rockindata at 8:39 PM PST - 13 comments

Internet security and privacy blogs

What are some good internet security forums / blogs to follow? [more inside]
posted by Arbitrage1 at 7:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Cake-decorating filter: Help me make a queso fundido cake!

Cake-decorating filter: Help me make a queso fundido & chips cake! [more inside]
posted by stachemaster at 7:34 PM PST - 6 comments

Hope my Mac...it's on life support.

My MacBook Pro is crap but I need it to work long enough to save up for a replacement (at least six months, probably) Are there cheap ways to fix these really annoying problems? [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers at 7:04 PM PST - 35 comments

What's the best way to think about mathematics?

What's the best way to think about mathematics? What's the best advice you have ever received about learning math and approaching math problems? [more inside]
posted by lackadaisical at 6:32 PM PST - 36 comments

Sibling career choices and ethics

Ideas for how to handle it when a sibling you are very close to is heading into a line of work that symbolizes everything you are against in this world? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:52 PM PST - 63 comments

i have questions! queries! pooooosers!

dear mom: what was it like to be you? [more inside]
posted by koroshiya at 5:44 PM PST - 26 comments

green green grass

Theater venue: A director friend of mind is looking for a venue to produce Woyzeck in in NYC. They're a small company so can only afford something in the $1500/wk range for something like a 2 week run. Any suggestions on good venues to rent from? [more inside]
posted by edbles at 5:36 PM PST - 6 comments

They drank this with a reed, out of the vessel that held the beer, upon which they saw the barley swim.

What kind of barley can be grown in a garden for use in a home brewed beer? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan at 5:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Meditech Training

Im currently in IT at a Healthcare facility. I want to make the transition to the application side, specifically Meditech analyst. I cant get cross-trained at my current hospital so my question is where can i get trained to be a meditech admin? I cant seem to find anything online for at all for computer based or web based training.
posted by flipmiester99 at 5:26 PM PST - 2 comments

Wacky display on Mac. Halp?

When I log into my MacBook Pro, the graphics contrast suddenly increases — by a whole lot. What the heck is going on? [more inside]
posted by neckro23 at 5:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Hidden gems at the market

I discovered Crystal deodorant a few months ago. I had tried literally every other unscented deodorant on the market and could not find one that held up all day. It turns out that the damned rock you rub on your pits is the greatest deodorant ever, and it had been on the shelf the whole time. What other miracle products are sitting on the shelves at the market, unnoticed as I pass them by in favor of products that are more well known or have bigger advertising budgets?
posted by Balonious Assault at 5:12 PM PST - 68 comments

What one single piano piece should I learn?

What one single piano piece should I learn? [more inside]
posted by vegetable100% at 5:10 PM PST - 35 comments


I heard somebody today use the phrase "American Camilla". What are they talking about?
posted by CollectiveMind at 5:08 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I get LAUNCHD to output random filenames?

Hi all, I'm trying to create a time lapse of a lego build using 'imagesnap' and 'LAUNCHD' on the mac, but I can't get my script to output a timestamped image or random filenames. It just spits out files named "$RANDOM.jpg" and replaces itself every time. It worked in CRON, but I need the interval control I can get in launchd. Help, please? [more inside]
posted by itsjustcarlo at 5:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Halifax is getting annoyed with the way you pronounced banal

Tell me what you love to do in Halifax! [more inside]
posted by jlibera at 5:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Dress socks with toes?

What are some quality, stylish, non-garish toe socks? [more inside]
posted by epersonae at 4:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Which Linksys N router?

I am looking for the right router. Difficulty: two-story house, MacBook plus PC, with WP2 desired. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Riverine at 4:37 PM PST - 6 comments

UFOs in NJ? Fireballs in the sky? What's going on?

UFOs in New Jersey? Fireballs in the sky? WTF did we just see? [more inside]
posted by ellenaim at 4:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Desks to match the walls

I am trying to find photos of rooms where the furniture (desks, armoires...) is painted the same shade as the wall. [more inside]
posted by acidic at 4:15 PM PST - 7 comments

A make-up person who'll make someone who doesn't wear make-up look like she's not wearing makeup, while actually wearing make-up

Recommendations for affordable make-up artists in the Los Angeles/Malibu area? [more inside]
posted by np312 at 3:59 PM PST - 1 comment

Show America the Beautiful to a Brazilian host family!

I'd like to send a coffee-table photography book of the U.S. with my son as a gift to his student-exchange host family. My Amazon-fu is failing me! [more inside]
posted by drlith at 3:18 PM PST - 8 comments

For Football Foodies

Help me win my office's Super Bowl snack contest. [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature at 3:06 PM PST - 32 comments

My general knowledge will bless your name

Help me find web ressources, preferably in the form of podcasts, on sub-categories or specifics in psychology / personnal development. I am curious about NLP, transactional analysis, the systemic approach, psychodynamic theories, self-hypnosis, and the like. I'd like to keep it as practical as possible, although I wouldn't mind it if more "esoteric" approaches were included, such as jungian theories. [more inside]
posted by Jireel at 2:55 PM PST - 2 comments

Buon giorno signor! Do you speak English?

Palermo, here I come! Where do I go, other than the beach? [more inside]
posted by fearnothing at 2:41 PM PST - 9 comments

I may have missed the boat, what's up with credit card interest policies?

Are there any credit cards out there that still charge interest on the outstanding balance rather than the total balance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Yet Another Hardboiled Egg Question

Unintentionally left a pot of hardboiled eggs in ice water for six hours. Toss out, or save? [more inside]
posted by pinky at 2:33 PM PST - 22 comments

Colombian Coast Suggestions

Awesome fun things to do along the Carribean Coast in Colombia (other than Cuidad Perdida hike)? [more inside]
posted by Kurichina at 2:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Should I file a claim with my auto insurance?

Should I file a claim with my auto insurance? [more inside]
posted by MsMartian at 2:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Computers within computers

Why is virtualization important in the context of cloud computing? [more inside]
posted by Barry B. Palindromer at 1:44 PM PST - 17 comments

What word processor handles foreign languages well?

Is there a word processing program that can spell-check multiple languages in one document? [more inside]
posted by besonders at 1:41 PM PST - 7 comments

All I want is to save a couple dollars on postage

Can I put a penny stamp on my already-printed metered letters? [more inside]
posted by anthropophagous at 1:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Coming-out tips for an older gentleman

I have been asked by an older gentleman to help him come out of the closet in San Francisco, and was wondering what resources might be available. [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz at 1:30 PM PST - 11 comments

What's up with this?

Why is TED so great and why would I want to go? [more inside]
posted by fifilaru at 1:17 PM PST - 12 comments

Four months abroad sounds awesome - but how?

Hi, I'm a freshman in college, and I'm trying to figure out how to spend my summer abroad. [more inside]
posted by estlin at 12:38 PM PST - 15 comments

Flowers online, direct from the farm

Flowers online: Looking for recommendations for websites which overnight flowers direct from the farm (rather than florist shops which happen to sell online). Not looking for anything major for an event—just a place that will ship a bouquet for Valentine's Day, birthdays, etc. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 12:33 PM PST - 4 comments

Traveling for work 101

Looking for some tips on traveling for work. [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 12:19 PM PST - 27 comments

Ethical test-cases in literary form?

Recommend good short stories for starting moral or ethical debates! [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 12:10 PM PST - 29 comments

Hepatic Encelphalopathy - even harder to deal with than to spell

Tips on communicating with a partner who has medical issues that cause confusion but not quite dementia (and perhaps spotting it earlier) [more inside]
posted by MCMikeNamara at 11:42 AM PST - 8 comments

Can I deduct travel time as an independent contractor?

Can I deduct mileage expenses when working as a part-time independent contractor? [more inside]
posted by lea724 at 11:33 AM PST - 15 comments

iphone photography

Blog photography advice needed! [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus at 11:30 AM PST - 7 comments

How to develop old Kodachrome slide film?

I found an old roll of Kodachrome slide film - is it possible to get it developed? [more inside]
posted by mikepop at 11:18 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me find the perfect kettle!

I need a new kettle. Be forewarned, my wife and I are over-thinking this like five plates of beans... [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon at 11:12 AM PST - 35 comments

Handing down my iPhone

What is the best way to manage getting a new iPhone and effectively turning the old one into an iPod Touch? [more inside]
posted by expialidocious at 10:40 AM PST - 6 comments

Non-disposable menstruating with an IUD/IUS

Is it possible to use a menstrual cup with an IUD/IUS? alternatively, what are my options for re-usable pads and how does one handle dirty pads at work, etc? [more inside]
posted by jb at 10:30 AM PST - 29 comments

Help me make my GREAT ESCAPE from Denver!

Looking for a great place to ring in my 30th birthday--without spending days flying back and forth from Denver. In mid-March. Got some great ideas for me? [more inside]
posted by iminurmefi at 10:10 AM PST - 6 comments

You Gon' Get Some

Upbeat music sung by women about strong, unapologetic, aggressive sexy themes? Examples are "Get Some" by Lykke Li, "Destroy Everything You Touch," by Ladytron, and "I Will Make You Cry" by Nelly Furtado.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 10:06 AM PST - 60 comments

Will I end up with aluminum-tasting lasagna?

Should I freeze homemade lasagna in disposable tinfoil pans? If not, what else can I use? [more inside]
posted by sanitycheck at 9:30 AM PST - 15 comments

Questions on starting an email newsletter for my clients.

I'm a freelancer, starting an email newsletter for my clients for the first time. I have some questions about email newsletters. [more inside]
posted by circular at 9:24 AM PST - 13 comments

Desperately seeking brilliant sports doctor in New York

Can you recommend a good sports doctor in NYC? (Need treatment for a rock climbing shoulder injury.) [more inside]
posted by Eshkol at 9:24 AM PST - 6 comments

Limited sound card?

How do I make my computer stop using the built-in microphone when recording sound? Is my sound card so poor that it can't record from anything but the built-in mike? [more inside]
posted by Termite at 9:17 AM PST - 11 comments

Addressing the elephant in the room

Has anyone written an honest letter to an abusive parent and actually sent it? [more inside]
posted by side effect at 8:52 AM PST - 41 comments

How to get from Missoula, MT to Seaside, OR

I need to get two people and two bicycles from Missoula, MT to Seaside, OR quickly, cheaply, and without disassembling the bicycles. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by thewestinggame at 8:42 AM PST - 11 comments

Negotiating a salary for my old job

How do I negotiate salary for a previous position I quit? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:41 AM PST - 4 comments

What do I charge my new clients?

How much do I charge for Server and Desktop Support? [more inside]
posted by birdlips at 8:34 AM PST - 3 comments

Valentine's ideas when traveling

I'm looking for Valentine's Days ideas for my girlfriend of 7 years. The complication is that we are traveling this year, leaving Feb 1. [more inside]
posted by now i'm piste at 8:26 AM PST - 6 comments

One town forward, two towns back

My colleagues in New Jersey often refer to places as "the next town over" or "two towns down from me." I get the general idea, but as life-long Southern Californian, I feel like I'm not getting the full, nuanced meaning. [more inside]
posted by bluejayway at 8:21 AM PST - 27 comments

Food oil prices as raw materials

Where can I find a simple like-for-like publicly available price comparison between palm, sunflower, corn and olive oils as raw materials? [more inside]
posted by vogel at 8:15 AM PST - 3 comments

Not Petty to Me.

Am I over analyzing or should my SO have handled this differently? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:09 AM PST - 66 comments

"A pox o' your throat, you bawling, blasphemous, incharitable dog!"

Dermatology Filter: what the eff is this rash/acne on my chest that won't go away!? What can I do? I can't afford to see someone unless important... is this important? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:08 AM PST - 28 comments

Song request: It's nice to be liked but it's better by far to get paid

I'm looking for songs by female singers which include the trope of prioritizing money over love. I'm going fairly broad with this -- so I have "Material Girl", "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend", and "Shitloads of Money," but also "Maid on the Shore." I'm also willing to go a bit outside those lines -- for instance, "Ka-Ching" (Shania Twain) and "More Money Tonight" (Violent Femmes). The presence of money or other LIQUID assets is the major criterion. What are examples of popular music which contain explicit references to prioritizing money over love? Thanks!
posted by endless_forms at 8:05 AM PST - 65 comments

How do I match a Canadian zip code to a census/subcensus name?

Is there any way to match a Canadian Zip code to the census/sub-census that it belongs ? [more inside]
posted by djfreex at 6:57 AM PST - 2 comments

Had enough!

How I effectively complain to my university administration/international program about a totally incompetent study abroad adviser? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul at 6:53 AM PST - 9 comments

Cabin rentals as part of resorts

The other night we were watching a show on the Cooking channel that highlighted a restaurant in Maine that is part of a cottage resort. It piqued our interest in similar resorts, but I'm having a hard time tracking down similar ones, especially outside of the North East. Can you help? Details inside as to what I've found, and what I'm not looking for. [more inside]
posted by librarianamy at 6:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Search Automation

Librarianfilter: (How) Can I automate comparing the Fiction Core Collection with our catalog? [more inside]
posted by naturalog at 6:23 AM PST - 4 comments

24 drawings per second x 60 seconds per minute = one huge mess!

What's a good system for keeping lots of papers visible, without spreading them all over the desk, and without pushpins? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator at 5:55 AM PST - 23 comments

How to create online layout exercise for journalism students

What's a good online layout exercise for journalism students? Seeking tools and ideas. [more inside]
posted by veggieboy at 5:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Ref.Cat? s.e.? Stats help needed!

Would you be kind to someone who is culturally proficient, but statistically deficient? Specifically, what is going on in the tables at the end of this paper? [more inside]
posted by robself at 5:12 AM PST - 6 comments

What is this pungent, purple flower that has petals like tiny orchards?

It's growing wild. Smells very unique - hard to put down exactly but some far away notes of maybe oregano/nasturtium - but that's just a guess. The whole plant/flower is soft. It grows among the thistles, tall grasses and other assortments including nettles and cleavers. The flower itself is a pink/purple with white streaks. Photos Here
posted by watercarrier at 4:12 AM PST - 9 comments

php/mysql escaping backslashes

Php question: mysql_real_escape_string is turning '\6' (and I assume any other \(number combination) into a single character '' where it's in my code, but not when the same string is passed through $_POST. Is this a behaviour of magic_quotes (currently on) or something else - and without the ability to change global php settings, what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by monkey closet at 4:01 AM PST - 6 comments

Canadian Indian demographics

The US census provides numbers for Native Americans by ethnic group. I want the same ethnic tabulations for Canadian Indians, be it through census data or another reliable source. [more inside]
posted by dgaicun at 3:05 AM PST - 11 comments

A story before its time. Its time is now.

Seeking a 1950s sf short story, probably by a notable author, that presaged a panopticon-esque surveillance society. My google-fu pride is injured that I can't find a trace of it. [more inside]
posted by dhartung at 1:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Acting As A Bodyguard. Need tips.

I am playing a bodyguard in a Lady Gaga-like music video. How should I prepare for the role? [more inside]
posted by MikeonTV at 12:20 AM PST - 9 comments

Is there anything I can do about my noisy neighbor?

Is there anything I can do about my noisy neighbor? [more inside]
posted by dolce_voce at 12:09 AM PST - 13 comments

Ik spreek geen Nederlands

Best/smoothest way of learning Dutch (hopefully online)? [more inside]
posted by Trexsock at 12:06 AM PST - 22 comments

January 25

Help me find a chess set for my brother's 40th birthday

My brother surprise birthday party is in a few weeks. He's an avid chess player. What is the dream chess set for the chess lover ?
posted by Baud at 11:14 PM PST - 28 comments

Strategic planning for anxiety sufferers.

Do you over think things? How do you channel this power for good while avoiding research-driven procrastination and anxiety? [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself at 10:59 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I make a career out of test-driving high-performance cars for, say, BMW's M Division and so forth?

How do I break into a career of test driving vehicles for the performance divisions of luxury automakers (BMW's M division, Mercedes' AMG division, Porsche, etc)? [more inside]
posted by 6spd at 10:52 PM PST - 15 comments

How to remove urine from carpet to pass black-light inspection?

Need advice for getting urine (and other?) out of carpet for blacklight inspection by landlord!! [more inside]
posted by starfyr at 10:50 PM PST - 17 comments

How can I fix inking mistakes in comics?

How can I fix inking mistakes in comics? White out? White paint? New paper? Start over? [more inside]
posted by Lt. Bunny Wigglesworth at 9:54 PM PST - 14 comments

New high-end amplifier produces decidedly low-end hum.

Humming sound through newly acquired amplifier when TV tuner is plugged in (even when tuner input is not active, even when amplifier is in standby mode). How to solve? [more inside]
posted by reeddavid at 9:18 PM PST - 18 comments

Hair Doom doom DOOm doom doom?

Has anyone used Splat Washables Hair Dye? It says it washes out with shampoo. Does it? [more inside]
posted by artychoke at 8:49 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me be okay with non-commitment.

I've been dating a guy for a few months who is really awesome -- but not ready for a relationship. How do I deal with this? [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune at 8:44 PM PST - 61 comments

Movies involving sad dads?

I'm looking for movies in which the main character is a divorced father. [more inside]
posted by Ratio at 8:26 PM PST - 40 comments

How to move episodes from DVD to ipod?

How can I put an episode of a TV show onto my ipod? The issue is, I own the season on disc and don't want to purchase or rent the show from itunes. [more inside]
posted by lockstitch at 7:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Rent from friends or not?

Rent from friends/colleagues or not? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 7:44 PM PST - 22 comments

Getting a Macbook Air in a couple weeks and need advice on moving to the smaller hard drive, specifically relating to iTunes and iOS devices.

Getting a Macbook Air in a couple weeks and need advice on moving to the smaller hard drive, specifically relating to iTunes and iOS devices. [more inside]
posted by kdern at 7:40 PM PST - 14 comments

Does not having a local address mean I'm not a viable job candidate?

I recently moved from LA to DC two years ago. It is not working out, and I want to move back home. I started sending my resume to several different companies in CA about 3 weeks ago, using my DC address - unfortunately, I have yet to hear from anyone. Should I re-send my resume, using my parents' local address, or will this further irritate HR managers? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:39 PM PST - 11 comments

Lost childrens books section

Looking for a childrens book where objects and things are drawn small and precise. Almost like Goldbug or Waldo. From the 80s. Possible features: Things are categorized, there's drawing instruction, it's for boys, in a series.
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 7:24 PM PST - 9 comments

Will contest in Normam, OK

My friend wants to contest his mother's will. Recommendations to a good estate/wills/probate lawyer in the Norman, OK area? [more inside]
posted by parrot_person at 7:23 PM PST - 6 comments

No room in the inn for Jesus... and Lord Vader... and Batman...

Help me find a hotel during Dragon*Con in Atlanta!!! [more inside]
posted by mornie_alantie at 7:12 PM PST - 10 comments

We're accepting the meh lawyer salary - but what else to negotiate?

My significant other got a full-time job offer from the small law firm they've been working at part time. Yay! But the salary offer is just meh. What other perks should we be asking for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 PM PST - 36 comments

I am filing taxes for the first time in 5 years. What can I do to avoid mega-penalties?

I am filing taxes for the first time in 5 years. What can I do to avoid mega-penalties? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me grow up not out

Garden filter: Favorite fruits and veggies to grow in zone 5 (Denver) and best vertical trellising options you've come across. [more inside]
posted by no bueno at 7:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Printing, Framing and delivery a picture frame in Chicago

Frame Robert Fulgham's text as a gift to a soon-to-be-married couple. In Chicago. [more inside]
posted by theobserver at 6:53 PM PST - 3 comments

PDF display problems

PDFs created in Word opening strangely on recipient's computer. Help? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling at 6:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Sharing is caring?

Is there any risk involved in giving my university student ID and password to an acquaintance? [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover at 6:14 PM PST - 21 comments

To the boroughs...tipsy-like.

Five boroughs, five drinks. [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna at 6:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Am I being stiffed by the family business?

I need to know if I'm being underpaid. I work for family and I think this actually gets me worse treatment than if I were a stranger. I am a skilled nutritionist with a background in biology. I write nutritional programs for people in the context of a retail nutrition store. I am good at what I do and get results. I am well liked by the customers. I also design much of the advertising for the store, for example small interior signs and large exterior signs. I use Photoshop and I have a background in design and art. Not to toot my own horn, but I am good enough that I've been offered outside work. I also write and do the layout for a monthly scientific newsletter. It takes me about 12 hours to produce. I can write well. (I got A's in college English at a good university). I've been working there for 5 years and I get paid around $29,000. I am beginning to write all of the web content for the website as well. It requires in depth knowledge of science. Thank you in advance. [more inside]
posted by KoiPond at 5:58 PM PST - 39 comments

Honky-Tonk workout?

What's your favorite honky-tonk song? Also...what's the key, if you know it? I want to make a "honky-tonk workout" similar to Steve Kaufman's bluegrass workout. [more inside]
posted by Ollie at 5:43 PM PST - 15 comments

Which boxes are perfect for storing receipts?

I am looking for the perfect boxes to store receipts. I really like these, but I am not in the market to order 1000 pieces and I cannot find an office supply company that sells something similar. [more inside]
posted by banished at 5:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Should my girlfriend and I have her 15 year old sister live with us and we take care of her?

Should my girlfriend (26) of 2 years and I(26) become legal Guardians of her sister (15)? I intend on marrying her but I am not sure if I want to get this involved or intertwined into her family life, maybe not yet. We are in Southern California, if that matters.. just to give you a setting.. [more inside]
posted by BigK at 5:03 PM PST - 23 comments

Can you find a way to do dictation from a distance, using a microphone headpiece and your laptop?

Is there a way to set up some sort of dictation system in which you can talk into a microphone while out walking around and have the words transmitted back to your computer? [more inside]
posted by AdamCSnider at 4:44 PM PST - 8 comments

water cooler problems - no-spill design causing spills

I cut ties with water delivery and bought a water cooler. Now how do I refill the jugs without spilling water everywhere? [more inside]
posted by abdulf at 4:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Where in the US can I buy a dildo that looks like corn on the cob?

I'm trying to locate a US seller who carries a particular adult toy that is available in the UK at Ann Summers. Details maybe NSFW [more inside]
posted by buggzzee23 at 3:55 PM PST - 1 comment

Free NYC Public WiFi In My Lifetime, Please

Who are the people or groups that are most effectively lobbying for free public wifi in New York City? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 3:46 PM PST - 3 comments

Is there a GPS that can plan the best route for multiple waypoints & accept driver input at each waypoint?

I'm looking for a gps that will allow me to upload a series of waypoints, define the best route based on those waypoints, and then await my input when each is visited. Does this exist? (details inside) [more inside]
posted by stuboo at 3:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Foxit foxed by PDF bookmarks

When I export an InDesign document as a PDF, the bookmarks automatically generated by Indesign from a table of contents are consistently going to a page 2 pages after their target when clicked in Foxit PDF reader. I am going nuts. Help? [more inside]
posted by merocet at 2:35 PM PST - 1 comment

No VO. Why?

What reasons are there for a video not play the Voice over part on some Macs and some PCs? [more inside]
posted by xetere at 2:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Newly inducted into the Asthmatics Club

I was just diagnosed with asthma. Doctor developed a treatment plan (to start off, prednisone, Qvar and Atrovent inhalers, and narcotic cough syrup so that I can start sleeping again), so I hope that the symptoms -- the violent, persistent cough, mainly -- will soon abate. But, going forward, what do I need to know about having and living with asthma? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 2:17 PM PST - 25 comments

Owl cooking school picture book

Do you know a children's book about an owl teaching a class of animals, including a mouse, to cook? [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps at 2:12 PM PST - 7 comments

How to remain fair through divorce

My husband and I are getting a divorce after nearly 15 years of harmonious life together. There’s no animosity, we simply grew apart, and then fell in love each with someone else. There was no infidelity, we talked about it and at my husband’s initiative decided to move on rather than repair things. My question is how to be fair in dividing marital assets and deciding on how much to allocate for child support. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:06 PM PST - 26 comments

In Search Of The Perfect Headset

What are the best in-ear, iPhone4s comparable, headphones with a cloth/braided cord cover? [more inside]
posted by strixus at 1:35 PM PST - 12 comments

(history filter)

Why were Federal troops sent to the Texas-Mexican border in the summer of 1865?) [more inside]
posted by John Borrowman at 1:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Free PACs for Everyone

Is there any cost involved with starting a Political Action Committee? [more inside]
posted by snapped at 1:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Help a librarian with Native American genealogy question!

I'm a reference librarian trying to help a patron find some information. The father of her children claimed to be Native American, but she is no longer in contact with him. She does have his first and last name and social security number, but no other information. She would like to find out whether he was telling the truth and what tribe he was part of, and share that information with her kids. I've told her that her best bet is to check the tribal rolls in the area that he lived, but she hasn't had any luck there. Any other suggestions?
posted by crowyhead at 1:24 PM PST - 8 comments

What should I use for an email signature?

What should I use for an email signature? I'm a freelancer with a contract doing a research project for a media company. (It's for a community resource that will be publicly, freely available.) Part of that research is approaching various people and groups for information and opinions, and I don't know what to call myself that seems... credible. [more inside]
posted by Ookseer at 1:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Single girl needs a roof in OKC

Please help my daughter find summer housing in OKC! [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 1:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Organizing software

I need a good software tool to organize all my trips to conventions. [more inside]
posted by Techbear at 1:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Is there an easy way to present multiple clips from YouTube videos?

I am an instructor and sometimes would like to play segment 1:15-2:25 from one YouTube video, followed by another segment from the same or another video, etc. Is there a site, tool, or incantation that lets me easily set this up so I'm not jumping around and switching tabs and clicking links during class time? I know how to create a URL that jumps right to the starting point of a clip but want to go a step or two beyond that. I didn't create/upload the videos, so I can't use YouTube's Video Editor.
posted by espertus at 12:50 PM PST - 10 comments

1988 Toyota 4Runner Intermittent Radiator Problem

I need guidance from car-fixin' types before I take my truck to a mechanic, in order to prevent falling into a money pit of unnecessary repairs. I also need to know if this is a critical immediate fix or if I have time to collect a few paychecks before addressing it. [more inside]
posted by dissolvedgirl22 at 12:46 PM PST - 18 comments

How can I provide reasonably-priced health care insurance to one employee?

How can I -- as an employer -- provide reasonably-priced health care insurance to one employee? Doesn't the issue invite age or gender discrimination? [more inside]
posted by starkraven at 12:44 PM PST - 14 comments

Carpet installation in Seattle?

Carpet installation in Seattle? Experiences with Empire or other? [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 12:29 PM PST - 3 comments

Please help me understand State and Fed taxes for a stay-at-home nanny

It looks like we should file taxes on/for our in-home nanny, but we're not sure where to start learning about all we need to know. We're in California, and our nanny started in January, 2012. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:23 PM PST - 10 comments

What box should I buy?

Roku vs. Apple TV vs. ? [more inside]
posted by po822000 at 12:23 PM PST - 19 comments

Do you have any advice or testimonials for someone new to wet shaving?

Do you have any advice or testimonials for someone new to wet shaving? [more inside]
posted by Jeff Morris at 12:20 PM PST - 24 comments

Help finding specific large dachshund photo?

Help me find a very specific picture from a modern decorating magazine! [more inside]
posted by Flamingo at 12:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Design Patterns / Jazz Standards

Hello MeFi. I'm curious as to the correlation between software development Design Patterns for and Jazz Standards. Usual loot from Google: Some dude who thought of it first (and used it as a nice allegoric explanation in Programmers Stackexchange and a somewhat geeky ironic coding-related mention ("Jazz supports interaction through event listeners"). These are all nice examples of the basic similarity between the two, I'm looking for more, though. Are you aware of any materials that somehow approach this idea?
posted by lipsum at 12:04 PM PST - 2 comments

Your Mom . . .

What's your favorite jokey way to give someone a verbal shake of your fist? [more inside]
posted by WaspEnterprises at 11:57 AM PST - 83 comments

Gift for new ministers?

What does a new minister need to start their job? Stoles, robes, books? What has been helpful for you? [more inside]
posted by the young rope-rider at 11:53 AM PST - 11 comments

Need insurance - losing hearing aids is costly!

insurance for hearing aids? Anyone have an insurance option they can recommend for hearing aids? My homeowners policy is one option. The audiologist recommended ESCO. Are there others I should consider?
posted by egk at 11:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me figure out who this goddess/mythological person is.

Egyptian queen? Goddess? Birth/rebirth? Help me figure out the story behind this reference! I'm going through a hard time and someone, in a moment of wanting to help, made a comparison to "an Egyptian queen, who went underground and her body hung from hooks, and all of her skin was torn away, and after everything was gone she flew back up to the surface." [more inside]
posted by rocketing at 11:27 AM PST - 8 comments

free graphic software

Free Graphic Software [more inside]
posted by pakora1 at 11:14 AM PST - 17 comments

How do I show you that I love you?

What would the modern America Sickle and Hammer look like? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon at 10:59 AM PST - 28 comments

where can I find fun chic comfortbable chair?

Help me furnish my living room with child-friendly, chic, stow-away-able chairs [more inside]
posted by akomom at 10:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Teddy bear surgery

Emergency stuffed animal surgery required -- halp! [more inside]
posted by Heretical at 10:36 AM PST - 16 comments

Escaping the Ivory Tower

I have a PhD in English. Enough said. No? Okay. How can I ease a transition out of academia and into the private sector, while still doing the part-time teaching thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me find an awesome journalism or science writing course online

{online education filter} I receive tuition reimbursement through my office for up to $5000 a year. The rub is that it has to be used at an institution that is accredited (although they do not define what body has accredited the school), must offer four year degrees, and must be related to my current job duties. Where can I take an awesome online course? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter at 10:29 AM PST - 10 comments

Name change - from abroad

How can I change my name while living abroad? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 9:52 AM PST - 8 comments

Will discuss gender performativity for food.

What kind of jobs should I be looking for that are women's/gender studies related? I like working on issues more than with people. [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats at 9:52 AM PST - 11 comments

What is the etymology of the word 'prepend'?

As I understand it, 'prepend' is common computer jargon to mean the opposite of append. In a little debate with some of my computer science colleagues, they claim that it is an actual English word with that meaning, while I contend that it's computer jargon that was invented out of convenience and that 'prepend' is actually an archaic word that means something similar to pondering. [more inside]
posted by bushmango at 9:52 AM PST - 13 comments

How can I become a corporate drone?

How do I get a job as a corporate drone? [more inside]
posted by stedman15 at 9:45 AM PST - 21 comments

How to stop eyes from hurting?

My eyes hurt! Anti-glare screen recommendations requested. [more inside]
posted by modoriculous at 9:39 AM PST - 8 comments

Name that book.

I want to track down the AP US History textbook I had in the 2001-2002 school year because I want to re-read it. How do I figure out what it was?
posted by anthropomorphic at 9:25 AM PST - 19 comments

Auto insurance in Minnesota?

Cost guesstimate of minimum legal insurance to drive in Minnesota, and will it be a hassle considering the situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:08 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me break my lease without being financially punished

I have lived in an absolute shit apartment in Ohio for almost 3 years and it's time to get out. This will require me to break my lease. How much notice (absolute minimum) am I required to give a landlord before moving out? How do I avoid being financially punished for the lease-breaking (as in, not paying for the remaining months on my lease and I also want my damn security deposit back). Lots of details inside for those interested. [more inside]
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 8:31 AM PST - 27 comments

Panama City for two vacationing New York artists?

Four days Panama City, Panama! Please, Panamanians and recent visitors, tell these New Yorkers on vacation where to eat and shop and hang out? (And, of course, should we take a day and transit the Canal?) [more inside]
posted by minervous at 8:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Holy jumping notes, Batman

When I am working with notes (footnotes and endnotes) in Word for Mac 2011, there is some glitch that sometimes causes all the notes to disappear, or for my cursor to jump pages (up or down). [more inside]
posted by bwonder2 at 8:19 AM PST - 1 comment

What LEDs and batteries to buy, and where?

I'm doing a craft project and would like to install two red LEDs that are powered by a battery pack with an on/off switch. I would love your opinion-advice on what to buy and where to buy it. [more inside]
posted by komara at 8:15 AM PST - 12 comments

Avoiding anaphylaxis in Thailand

We will be spending 2 weeks in Thailand (Phuket, Chiang Mai and Bangkok). My wife has anaphylaxis to peaches which has been recently discovered. In my research, it seems that peaches aren't prevalent in Thailand at all, but to be safe, I'm looking for some help translating key phrases into Thai and general advice. [more inside]
posted by dripdripdrop at 8:14 AM PST - 9 comments

Slowpoke Furnace?

Is my natural gas furnace acting normal or do I need to call out the repair guys? [more inside]
posted by Zoyashka at 8:06 AM PST - 6 comments

Where should we go for a week long kayaking trip this summer?

Where should my dad and I, both beginner kayakers, go for an extended kayaking vacation? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe at 8:03 AM PST - 12 comments

Internet activity videos - DO try this at home!

Remember the Diet Coke and Mentos video? I'm looking for similar examples of internet memes that members of the public could, in theory, learn to replicate at home. Stuff like cup stacking; make-up tutorials; Double Dream Hands; or opening a beer with your arm. It mustn't be anything that requires special powers (eg double-jointedness) or special props - just household objects. Suggestions?
posted by skylar at 7:57 AM PST - 15 comments

Twenty-Four Non-Italian Songs and Non-Arias

What do non-classically trained singers do for vocal warm-ups and conditioning? Looking for information on how untrained pop, rock, and jazz singers practice and keep their voices in good shape. [more inside]
posted by pupstocks at 7:55 AM PST - 5 comments

Internet Connection for Mac Pro

What's the best way to get an internet connection on my first generation Mac Pro? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 7:49 AM PST - 10 comments

Summer 2012 travel suggestions in Northern Europe?

Suggestions for must-attend events, festivals or activities in Northern Europe this summer, to add to my summer "dream" vacation itinerary? [more inside]
posted by jamesonandwater at 7:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Career advice for someone who missed out on life by being too shy?

Career advice for 29 year old, formerly very shy and still kind of quiet, smart but not exceedingly so, interested in writing, languages and the humanities. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:35 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me overcome debilitating anxiety about the health and well-being of people I love

For over a decade I have been worrying on a daily basis about the health and well-being of people I love, to a debilitating degree. Can you suggest any tactics to address it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Is Equinox Academy a good idea?

Is the Equinox Academy training program a good idea? [more inside]
posted by rubberkey at 7:29 AM PST - 3 comments

When did these pens come from?

Cleaning out the supply cabinet at work and I come across a box of dried up old pens. They look sufficiently old enough to be interesting. When might these pens have been made? Are they gel or standard ink? [more inside]
posted by deezil at 7:23 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I support my wife so she is able to care for our child while I'm at work?

Women, what are some things you did after birth that helped you to become more self-sufficient in taking care of your child (i.e. not needing to have the father around all the time)? What are some things the father did to support you in this process? [more inside]
posted by nosh, daven, shtup at 7:15 AM PST - 55 comments

Average length of MLB game over time?

Are MLB games getting longer? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia at 7:08 AM PST - 8 comments

Thumbnails for my wall

What do I need to make photo tiles like these? How hard/expensive would it be? [more inside]
posted by Memo at 6:57 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I overcome procrastination when it comes to difficult subjects?

Help me deal with this particular procrastination/brain paralysis problem around doing difficult schoolwork. [more inside]
posted by hought20 at 6:55 AM PST - 10 comments

Real estate for the post-Lehman market.

What are the best markets in the US for securing rental income from real estate? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 6:54 AM PST - 13 comments

When is it ok to contact a hiring dept?

Employment/work filter: How do I not come off as being desperate or a pest when applying for a new job? More inside. [more inside]
posted by ATX Peanut at 6:28 AM PST - 3 comments

How much labor in Cloisonné vase?

How many hours of labor do you estimate it takes to produce a high-quality Chinese cloisonne vase, 12 inches tall? A couple of these vases are owned by the school that I teach at, and I would love to be able to tell my students a ballpark figure of how much effort goes into producing these luxury goods--from making the metal base, to adding wire lines, to filling it with enamel, to firing, to final polishing. Our vases are polished to a high gloss, and they have an intricate geometric pattern in the background. There is no area in the background with a gap of more than 2 mm. The foreground consists of well-rendered flowers and foliage. Any thoughts about such objects would be most appreciated.
posted by mortaddams at 6:18 AM PST - 8 comments

Please help me bling myself up in gold

I would like to buy two gold chains, one 20" to wear with a gold locket, and one 10" to wear with a gold swan charm as an ankle bracelet. I could also buy one 30" chain and have it cut in two. I'd like real 14k gold, not plate. I've been looking online, and some of the gold jewelry dealers strike me as sketchy. Has anyone bought gold jewelry successfully online for a reasonable price, and where did you do so?
posted by orange swan at 5:44 AM PST - 2 comments

Please make me happy by transcribing this piece of spoken Chinese!

Can someone identify the words spoken at the beginning of Ground Zero's “Revolutionary Pekinese Opera” (“Opening ~ Flying Across The J.P.Yen”)? You can here the phrase spoken on youtube here. I'm reasonably sure the voice is speaking Chinese.
posted by nfg at 4:10 AM PST - 2 comments

Low stink anti-perspirant in Australia?

Know of an anti-perspirant widely available in Australia that has a subtle or no perfume? [more inside]
posted by bystander at 3:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Photo studio rental in NYC?

Looking for an inexpensive studio rental in NYC [more inside]
posted by skilar at 1:30 AM PST - 2 comments

How can I not get so agitated by my ill parent's moaning?

How can I not get so agitated by my ill parent's moaning? I live with my parents and take care of my dad while my mom works during the day. He has had medical problems that have left him temporarily unable to move around much, and now he has a yeast infection on his butt that is making just sitting painful at times. I can hear him sometimes moaning in pain in the other room. I can't just put on headphones, because I have to be able to hear when he calls me for help. It's having almost a physical effect on me. I get disgusted and aggravated when I hear this, and the stress is keeping me from getting much done. Is there any way I can manage this?
posted by vash at 1:16 AM PST - 27 comments

HTC Sensation question about links in emails/texts?

Tell me how to efficiently get links from emails/text out of an HTC Sensation to work w/minimal effort? [more inside]
posted by prodevel at 12:45 AM PST - 4 comments

Want good golf games

What are the best online/freeware golf games? Either mini-golf or the full game is fine, and easily controllable with just the keyboard and mouse. [more inside]
posted by mreleganza at 12:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Easiest way to extract e-mail from the body of thousands of e-mail addresses?

Long story short, I lost my contacts from an old e-mail but I have their e-mail/details in the body of invoices that I forwarded to my current address. I've been copying thousands of e-mail out out by hand, but am realizing I'll have carpal tunnel before it's done. Is there a way to do this short of hiring someone to write a script? Tried forwarding e-mail to Thunderbird, but the extension that looked like it might do this doesn't search the body of e-mail https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/thunderbird/addon/email-address-crawler/ Also, looking into autohotkey, but am under time constraints. Grateful for any pointers here!
posted by capedape at 12:05 AM PST - 7 comments

January 24

Apparently I wasn't at my own wedding

[facebook idiot filter] I can't tag myself in my own photos?! Help!! [more inside]
posted by annie o at 10:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Ultra-Casual Party Games?

Super casual party games just for those will actually participate?... [more inside]
posted by a_green_man at 10:25 PM PST - 24 comments

The 'thank you note': child's edition

At what age (if any) should a child/young adult be expected to address the envelope of a thank you note sent through the mail? [more inside]
posted by Napoleonic Terrier at 10:03 PM PST - 38 comments

Learning to dress like a lady

Advice to help my lady friend learn to dress more like a woman? [more inside]
posted by defben at 8:39 PM PST - 25 comments

Trial by fire?

I panic at work when the stress is on. Can you help me handle the fire more gracefully? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for a bakery that sells state-shaped cakes in NYC

Best friend is moving back home to Portland after many years of living in NYC. I'd love to present her with an Oregon-shaped (and delicious) cake at her going away party. Where could I get this in the NYC area? Any borough will do. Thanks!
posted by blackcatcuriouser at 8:37 PM PST - 1 comment

Speak now, or...

A child, is 3 1/2 years old, and has never spoken a word. Parents (very, very born again Christians) finally decide, maybe they should take him to a doctor to get checked out or something. This is my grandson. MeFites, potential jury pool, what is going on with this beautiful young boy? And how do I quell the urge to knock my daughter and son-in-law's heads together like Larry and Shemp? Go look up pissed-off in the dictionary, I'll wave back. [more inside]
posted by timsteil at 8:33 PM PST - 18 comments

I need a doctor who can help me with my problem, but what exactly IS my problem?

Is it possible that my social and school issues are related to undiagnosed ASD traits? If so, how do I go about finding the right doctor/ psychiatrist/ psychologist to help me sort it all out? [more inside]
posted by Argyle_Sock_Puppet at 8:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Debate past graduation

Are there ways to continue to do college-style competitive debate after college? [more inside]
posted by LSK at 8:13 PM PST - 10 comments

You have 28 days and $15k. Go!

You have 28 days (in one chunk of time) and $15,000 in cash. You can go anywhere in the world, as long as it's not in the United States (for more than 24 hours while in transit) or a US territory. [more inside]
posted by drstein at 7:52 PM PST - 46 comments

Is self-hypnosis a valid therapeutic technique?

My potential new therapist uses self-hypnosis as one of her go to techniques. Am I dismissing this idea too quickly? [more inside]
posted by Piglet at 7:13 PM PST - 13 comments

How to create a user generated website?

How do you create a user generated website such as metafilter? [more inside]
posted by MechEng at 7:00 PM PST - 22 comments

Lightweight project managment

I manage a team of developers. Usually the teams are quite small (1-2 people) and a lot of the projects are 1-2 weeks in duration. most of the tools I have found to manage projects seem to be intended for larger teams and longer projects. I am looking for tools that will help me manage my team better.
posted by digividal at 6:57 PM PST - 7 comments

A bàs avec la diatonie

I'm interested in good musical works that not only don't use traditional western scales, but also don't use "melodic" scales at all, whether by modding instruments a la John Cage, using computers to generate partial tones, or using objects that don't create what we'd typically call "tones." I realize this could run the gamut of musical styles, so I'd prefer to stick to pieces that are known for their experimentation with sound.
posted by outlandishmarxist at 6:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Mozzarella questions

It's another edition of AskMe: Can I eat it? [more inside]
posted by zamboom! at 6:53 PM PST - 25 comments


Where can I get a ShamWow by this weekend? [more inside]
posted by Angel of Khaos at 6:21 PM PST - 14 comments

My In-laws are sinking and pulling my family under.

My in-laws are broke, bankrupt, and have massive car payments. How can we help dig them out of this smoking crater without falling in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:09 PM PST - 17 comments

DIY gone maybe a bit overboard?

I have two wing chairs, unfortunately expensive taste in upholstery, and a desire for a long-term project. Can this work? [more inside]
posted by gracedissolved at 6:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Tell me about Ambergris Caye, including lodging ideas.

Thinking of going to Ambergris Caye in mid-March. We were last there in 1998... how has it changed, for better or worse? And ideas of places to stay, preferably in or very close to San Pedro, with a kitchen? [more inside]
posted by valleys at 6:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Being realistic about paternal relationship

How do I become comfortable with how my father chooses to be involved in my life (minimally, not of his own initiative) as an adult? What are the limits between healthy and compassionate effort on my part and a realistic acknowledgment of both of our limitations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:23 PM PST - 8 comments

Google Reader: "You don't have permission to view this feed." Why not?

Google Reader seems to be permanently displaying an error message when I first try to access my feeds. To recap the specifics of my problem, here's what caused it to come up in the first place, and what I've done to try and solve it. 1) Imported all of my feeds from another Reader account. 2) Attempted to access my new Reader account, which always results in the "You don't have permission to view this feed." error message. I can then click on "All Items" and access my feeds, but this extra step is really annoying (it's the internet, don't make me click twice ;). 3) Checked to see if the address is "https" and not "http". Yes, it's "https" 4) Tried deleting all of my feeds, starred items, etc, and then subscribing to a brand new one. The problem remains. Anyone know what might be causing this? Can I just delete this Reader account (w/o deleting my Gmail, GPlus, etc.) and start again? Also, yes, I asked this question on Google's forums months ago and haven't received any useful advice there. Probably because Google doesn't really care about its users. Oh, and this is on all browsers and all different computers.
posted by kaboomer at 5:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Where's that file again?

Are there best practices for cataloging/storing files on a shared drive within an office environment? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 4:52 PM PST - 10 comments

I've already met my (pretty high) deductible for 2012. What health related things should I consider doing for the rest of the year?

I've already met my (pretty high) deductible for 2012. What health related things should I consider doing for the rest of the year? [more inside]
posted by imabanana at 4:50 PM PST - 16 comments

help: ideas to retrieve info

s-o-s! External HD got a power surge and friend the inside. this is an old HD but I have had it forever and it has alot of old photoshop and design files of art I used to do and photo of my home prior to gutting. I ned the info! [more inside]
posted by femmme at 4:50 PM PST - 14 comments

Is there an intro accounting class that will come teach/train at our place of business in Marietta, GA?

Is there an intro accounting class that will come teach/train at our place of business in Marietta, GA? [more inside]
posted by joshuamcginnis at 4:32 PM PST - 3 comments

How quickly should I be looking to advance from entry level?

How long is too long to stay in my first job out of school if I'm hoping to advance? [more inside]
posted by alusru at 4:21 PM PST - 9 comments

All the Olympics hassle with none of the pesky events.

We want to go to London in March...plus somewhere else? And some more specific questions. [more inside]
posted by troika at 4:19 PM PST - 14 comments

What can I read to improve my knowledge of history and world events so that I can better enjoy the classics of the Western cannon?

I am trying to read more 'classics' this year and find I am continually running to Wikipedia for background on things the authors assume I should know. What books can I read to round out my general education somewhat and fill in some of these gaps? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 4:03 PM PST - 21 comments

RPG Design Books?

There are a lot of books about video game design theory and philosophy. Are there any similar books about tabletop RPGs?
posted by adamdschneider at 3:12 PM PST - 11 comments

What are some good software solutions to help organize a small personal library?

I am looking for a software solution to help organize a small personal library. [more inside]
posted by falameufilho at 2:47 PM PST - 12 comments

A River in Egypt

My girlfriend moved to Northern Virginia (from DC) to attend grad school at George Mason University. She paid out-of-state rates her first two semesters, then after she had lived in the Commonwealth for a year, applied for in-state status - and was denied, because the school judged that she moved to VA specifically for in-state tuition benefits. What now? [more inside]
posted by downing street memo at 2:22 PM PST - 36 comments

New prescription on short notice?

So I just relocated to a new city, but need a prescription refill before I see my new primary care physician - what are my options? [more inside]
posted by deliriouscool at 2:11 PM PST - 11 comments

Recommend a quiet NorCal family ski destination

Looking for recommendations for a quiet family ski area in Northern California. Special snow...er, details in side. [more inside]
posted by mosk at 2:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Rock 'n' Roll Could Never Hip Hop Like This

Hip-hop love songs wherein the object of affection is hip-hop itself. Help me meta my mixtape! Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by stellaluna at 2:00 PM PST - 23 comments

How else could one represent Tony the tiger?

Just gave a Powerpoint presentation (for free) at a non-profit organization and liberally sampled from Google Images to fill out the slides. Afterwards, several of the attendees heaped glowing praise about the talk upon me, with a subset of them almost literally begging me to sell them the talk so they could give the talk to groups of folks they deal with. I don't want to give them my hard work for free. What must I now do to monetize this opportunity legally without getting into trouble having glommed numerous copyrighted images? For what it's worth, the talk had a nutritional bent and had images of commercial stock images of food item such as Kellogg's Frosted Flakes, Crisco, etc... Does this fall under Fair Use?
posted by teg4rvn at 1:58 PM PST - 12 comments

How horrible is it to be a 30-year-old virgin?

How horrible is it to be a 30-year-old virgin? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:56 PM PST - 47 comments

Advertising with Apartments.com CTR discrepancy...scam?

I took out an advertising package with Apartments.com. This is no cheap proposition, at $2,000 for 500,000 impressions. I wasn't expecting much out of this, but was hoping for at least the 0.05% the apartments.com rep claimed was their average, considering that our company is in the moving industry and has some impressive accolades under our belt all mentioned in our ad. 50,000 impressions in and my apartments.com contact claims there've been 18 clicks (0.03% CTR). However I only see 6 originating from apartments.com, 2 of which were just me testing out the ad. [more inside]
posted by grammalvsu at 1:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Daniel Webster Biography

What's the best, most readable biography of Daniel Webster? [more inside]
posted by Partial Law at 1:55 PM PST - 2 comments

Date format translation

What is this date format and how do I tell what day/month/year it is? 1316649600000 [more inside]
posted by IanMorr at 1:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Funnel maintenance

How should I go about cleaning a funnel used for car fluids? [more inside]
posted by fermata at 1:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Best practices for college exam design?

How many questions should a one-hour quiz contain? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice at 1:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Should I stay or should I go?

Should I leave the National Guard after 18 years, or should I finish up the last two so that I can retire at 20? [more inside]
posted by KillaSeal at 1:44 PM PST - 23 comments

Who the Hell is Captain John, D'Unger?

Where can I find me a copy of the 1876 Johnson's New Universal Cyclopaedia? If you're a librarian, please hope me! [more inside]
posted by RedEmma at 1:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me get over being excluded from my father's funeral.

My father passed away recently. We were estranged and I feel really strange about how his family handled his passing. I'm looking for advice about contacting them, or just leaving things be. Help! [more inside]
posted by carmenghia at 1:06 PM PST - 25 comments

Can anyone identify these two music videos aired on MTVU involving spaceships/astronauts?

Can anyone identify these two music videos aired on MTVU involving spaceships/astronauts? [more inside]
posted by derogatorysphinx at 1:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Cutting My Hours Without Losing My Job

I work in an environment that sometimes allows employees to downshift to part-time status. How to ask? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me eat my garden.

Looking for websites or book recommendations for a gardening new to North American Zone 5 gardening. [more inside]
posted by wwax at 12:38 PM PST - 11 comments

PRI at 50 Lightyears Out

Suppose an astronomer was sitting on a mirror of Earth less than 50 light years away and it was about 50 years in the future. On this mirror earth technology is similar to Earth's modern technology. What is the likelihood that their astronomers would have discovered Sol given its size and distance. How difficult would it be for a project the scale of the SETI array to listen to a 10K watt analog Earth radio station? Other details welcome. [more inside]
posted by humanfont at 12:14 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I get my traction control fixed?

How do I convince the dealer to fix my car? Lonnnng explanation inside [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian at 12:08 PM PST - 17 comments

Never give up!

Help me find a children's picture book from the 40's-60's involving a princess who raises a baby dragon. [more inside]
posted by Windigo at 12:07 PM PST - 9 comments

money to go abroad

Are there programs that fund recent graduates to study/word abroad? I know of Fullbright and Peace Corps, but what else? [more inside]
posted by ribboncake at 12:04 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me think of tattoos

Help me find inspiration for my tattoos [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:52 AM PST - 31 comments

I know there is a reason for this...

What is the catch here. Business creating a seperate LLC for company cars. [more inside]
posted by handbanana at 11:48 AM PST - 3 comments

To Delete or Not Delete

Do you delete an ex's siblings on social networks? [more inside]
posted by Dee123 at 11:46 AM PST - 15 comments

Help Me Move Into a NAS

My computer died last night after a power outage/surge, despite the "surge protector". Rather than rebuild a computer that just sits in the basement, I'm going to go with a NAS. Hope me make the transition to a NAS, I have some questions! [more inside]
posted by smitt at 11:27 AM PST - 10 comments

Where can I go backpacking out west without a car?

Where can I go backcountry camping out west without a car? [more inside]
posted by aleatorictelevision at 11:26 AM PST - 9 comments

Examples of positive change in public behavior after seeing it on Film or TV?

Examples of public health manipulation? [more inside]
posted by MansRiot at 11:23 AM PST - 25 comments

DJ or Dominion?

Wedding DJ recommendations in L.A.? Alternatively, do we really need dancing at an evening wedding? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize at 11:19 AM PST - 22 comments

Red & black quinoa in Toronto

Where can I find red or black quinoa in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by ashputtel at 11:18 AM PST - 10 comments

Being a parent is hard.

Daycare woes: How do I balance the good with the bad? How can I figure out if it's time to leave and try another school? [more inside]
posted by katers890 at 11:05 AM PST - 23 comments

Should we bring a lawyer to my wife's visa interview?

Should we bring a lawyer along to my wife's green card interview, or not? I am tempted to say yes, since it wouldn't cost me anything extra, but I heard from an acquaintance who brought a lawyer to her green card interview that the interviewer did not like this (thought she had something to hide) and was hostile towards her. [more inside]
posted by verdeluz at 10:57 AM PST - 16 comments

Burnt to a crisp!

Juggling burnout at work with searching for a new career: any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by indognito at 10:55 AM PST - 6 comments

Will OS X Lion kill my old MacBook?

Will OS X Lion kill my old MacBook (10.6.8, 2GB RAM, 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo)? It seems like upgrading is serious risk. [more inside]
posted by Hermanos at 10:53 AM PST - 15 comments

France Fast! What do I need to know?

Whirlwind trip to France: Your tips needed (Fleurance, Aix, Paris). My wife & I going to Fleurance on business in the beginning of March and while the business portion should take a couple of days, we'll have at least a week in France. We'd like to see Aix (I was an exchange student there 20 years ago), and at least see Paris because we may never get another chance. [more inside]
posted by gofargogo at 10:49 AM PST - 12 comments

How should I report misuse of the Great Seal?

I received some junk mail designed to look like a tax form, and featuring the Great Seal of the United States, which is a crime. How should I report this, to best ensure the guilty are punished?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 10:42 AM PST - 16 comments

Looking for cool, non-film ways to print photographs.

Looking for alternative, tangible photo-print media. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 10:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me find this parody of "body language" instructional videos

Looking for a viral youtube video that was a parody of "body language" instructional videos. I think it was made by some comedy troupe a few years back. There's a part where they "decode" what people are saying with their body language, e.g. someone waves at someone else and the narrator says, "I am unarmed." And I think there's a part where they show lines coming from someone's crotch and they say, "My penis is powerful!" I think it was pretty popular and had a couple million views, but I cannot for the life of me find it.
posted by Afroblanco at 10:29 AM PST - 4 comments

This time, it's not All Summer in a Day

A familiar story: I read a young adult novel when I was a kid. I can't remember the title or most of the plot, but I remember enough details that it drives me CRAZY. [more inside]
posted by Coatlicue at 10:02 AM PST - 13 comments

Cerebral sci-fi films

Any suggestions for cerebral sci-fi films? [more inside]
posted by serak at 9:51 AM PST - 70 comments

More funny, charming, intelligent things to watch?

Please recommend funny, charming, gentle movies and TV shows. [more inside]
posted by kristi at 9:47 AM PST - 54 comments

Broke toe as a child, is it too late to do anything about it?

Can I do anything about a broken toe (and it's side effects), when the toe in question was broken when I was about 3 or 4 years-old? [more inside]
posted by midnightmoonlight at 9:46 AM PST - 8 comments

How you gonna keep us down on the farm once we've experienced quirky Paree?

Recommendations for unusual travel experiences (not just places) in or near Paris? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:40 AM PST - 6 comments

two people who are very physical with me, only one of whom I like

I have two classmates who casually touch me a lot. We're all women. I dislike one of them, but not the other. Is there any way to dissaude the one I don't like from touching me while allowing the one I do like to keep patting me on the shoulder, etc, without coming across as a giant asshole? [more inside]
posted by colfax at 9:38 AM PST - 21 comments

Fresh as a mountain stream?

How do I best deal with this wet, smelly problem? [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference at 9:28 AM PST - 10 comments

My sister-in-law is in constant pain from Dercum's disease

Does anyone know of a cure and/or effective treatment for Dercum's disease? [more inside]
posted by Chasuk at 8:38 AM PST - 4 comments

Should I Charge For Minor Travel?

Free-lancers: when do you charge for travel time? [more inside]
posted by musofire at 8:36 AM PST - 13 comments

Oh god. Another RRSP post.

Canadian RRSP filter: Does the Home Buyers Plan actually make sense? Can you crunch the numbers on my behalf? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Rattery at 8:35 AM PST - 12 comments

Rear Projection advice

Rear projection gurus, advise me. [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell at 8:16 AM PST - 3 comments

Caffeine please...

Help me perfect my aeropress coffee! [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l at 8:13 AM PST - 20 comments

Why is the tip of my nose twitching and what is a remedy?

Why is the tip of my nose twitching and what is a remedy? [more inside]
posted by supyo at 8:10 AM PST - 4 comments

Press F to pick up your favourite weapon

In almost every military video game that I've played, you are allowed to exchange your current weapon for a dead enemy's. Is it legal to do this in real life? More questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto at 7:48 AM PST - 27 comments

Copying Skype

I have Skype on my computer, want to have the program on an external hard drive, too. Is it as simple as finding the (24 MB) file on my computer, creating a folder on the external drive and copying the file into the new folder?! Big thanks for your help.
posted by ambient2 at 7:28 AM PST - 4 comments

Can you help my girlfriend survive Silent Hill?

How can I make this custom T-shirt? [more inside]
posted by aftermarketradio at 7:27 AM PST - 4 comments

I'm having trouble pooping!

Pooping has become increasingly difficult and I think something inside my colon is blocking my ability to defecate. Thoughts? (Kinda gross, but not really.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:21 AM PST - 22 comments

I'm about to become homeless in Los Angeles. Please help me.

I'm 24, female, college-educated, and I'm about to become homeless in Los Angeles. Please hope me. Anonymous because I'm so humiliated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:21 AM PST - 54 comments

Please help me choose a projection screen.

I need to buy a projector screen, and I need some advice. Specifics are inside. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 6:45 AM PST - 6 comments

Property issue with my ex-fiancee

Property issue with my ex-fiancee [more inside]
posted by allelopath at 6:38 AM PST - 39 comments

Custom Database Question

Idiots need help creating a basic database. [more inside]
posted by jimmysmits at 6:29 AM PST - 13 comments

Read to me

Asking for a friend -- haven't found a recent post that quite addresses this: Is it possible to download audiobooks (mp3) from a public library using Overdrive onto an iPod touch? Or will the iPod touch only accept audiobooks from iTunes or Audible? [more inside]
posted by vitabellosi at 6:28 AM PST - 6 comments

Relocating from Upstate NY to the Silicon Valley/San Francisco. How do I get myself and my belongings there?

Relocating from Upstate NY to the Silicon Valley/San Francisco. How do I get myself and my belongings there? [more inside]
posted by jander03 at 6:16 AM PST - 7 comments

Collection of questions concerning creatively capturing cars with a camera?

I am a novice photographer who would like to improve my skills at photographing vintage cars primarily outdoors in natural light. I am looking to replace my old Nikon D50 and 18-55mm lens with a Nikon D3300. What would be the must-have lenses, filters and accessories for my task? Also best camera settings? Also interested in tricks for getting compelling images. Close up? High angle? Low angle? Just experiment? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 6:06 AM PST - 17 comments

Tired of being the frumpy gal at the club.

I'm a fashionable young lady with knee instability and size 9 feet. I have never owned a pair of heels in my life, but I want a pair I can wear to the club. [more inside]
posted by theraflu at 5:43 AM PST - 16 comments

What do these frightening pictures represent on this mural at the Denver airport?

What do these frightening pictures represent on this mural at the Denver airport?
posted by sybarite09 at 5:36 AM PST - 17 comments

occupy comfort

Where are there current, thriving Occupy encampments? [more inside]
posted by aniola at 12:32 AM PST - 34 comments

Need a static IP from my motorola ngv510 to run Smoke on Mac

I need to setup a internal static IP for my computer at home where I'm running Autodesk Smoke on Mac. We currently have terrible wireless by AT&T running from a motorola ngv510 DSL modem/router. Please help? I tried "just figuring it out" and managed to kill the house's internet for over an hour tonight. Anyone have any experience with this?
posted by matt_od at 12:05 AM PST - 3 comments

January 23

SF story about a super-intelligent dog?

Please help me identify this science-fiction short story about a super-intelligent dog. [more inside]
posted by e-man at 11:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Trophy hunting for lolz?

Just weird stuff paying guests do or is this the new 'planking'? [more inside]
posted by Kerasia at 11:22 PM PST - 14 comments

Need help fixing my gutters

Seattle's snowpocalypse killed my gutters! [more inside]
posted by obol at 11:02 PM PST - 2 comments

Where is this bass???

How can I find a Pink Mark Hoppus Signature Fender Bass? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 10:57 PM PST - 5 comments

This is called friendship. It's not a race.

Is it going to be worth it to confront this friend/classmate about her competitive nature and its impact on our friendship, or should I just give up? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 10:41 PM PST - 21 comments

Learning Sciences: Introductory Books

What are good books for an introductory overview of Learning Sciences? [more inside]
posted by Pontifex at 10:30 PM PST - 1 comment

Does this strike a chord?

Can you identify the song which uses this rather unusual and distinctive chord progression? [more inside]
posted by unSane at 10:19 PM PST - 12 comments

Limiting a kid's internet access: like getting involved in a land war in Asia?

How to cleverly limit internet usage, with preference for limiting time rather than content, with certain desirable features? More below the fold... [more inside]
posted by kengraham at 10:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Good Korean BBQ / Chinese hot-pot near downtown SF?

Help me find one of those Korean barbecue places where they let you cook your own food! (Downtown San Francisco) [more inside]
posted by ambulatorybird at 9:17 PM PST - 1 comment

Erector Set-like metal bars?!

What do you call the metal bars that have two flat parts with a 90 degree angle with screw holes on both sides? I'm thinking of getting some and cutting them to the lengths I need but I have no idea what they're called, any other information on Erector Set like prefabricated elements would also be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by TheKM at 9:12 PM PST - 14 comments

Anarchism in North America

Book suggestions: Anarchism among Native Americans [more inside]
posted by gauche at 8:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Transit mode bingo in Southeast Asia

We're going to SE Asia in April, and I'm trying to discern the cheapest/simplest/fastest route from Siem Reap, Cambodia, to Hanoi, Vietnam. I've looked into bus, flights that originate from Siem Reap or any other local hub. Your advice? Thanks in advance! [more inside]
posted by moonbird at 8:34 PM PST - 10 comments

how is shoes work

Should I keep these shoes? [more inside]
posted by zennish at 8:24 PM PST - 24 comments

Community for humanities-major-turned-engineers?

Is there an online community or forum for engineers (or engineering grad students) who majored in humanities in college? [more inside]
posted by elucydate at 8:23 PM PST - 1 comment

Fair way to share vehicle expenses with SO

What is a reasonable and fair way to divide up car costs when you are sharing your vehicle with your SO? [more inside]
posted by Under the Sea at 7:45 PM PST - 39 comments

32 bits or 64 bits: that is the question

I want to install Ubuntu on my Mac Book Pro. Do I download the 32-bit or 64-bit version? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 7:32 PM PST - 14 comments

Am I just lazy?

Luxury or necessity? For a person with fibromyalgia how do you feel about a cleaning lady. [more inside]
posted by kathrynm at 7:05 PM PST - 36 comments

butchering wilbur

How do small farmers not become sentimental about killing the animals they've raised and nurtured, even though they've done it expressly for that purpose?
posted by crunchland at 7:03 PM PST - 37 comments

Another search for a lost childhood movie

I am trying to find a movie that I saw as a child. [more inside]
posted by birdbone at 6:18 PM PST - 18 comments

Eavesdropping on what my text editor is up to

Is there a way to write a script that makes something happen outside of MS Word as a result of an event that occurs within Word? [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 5:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Argh help me deflect questions about my health at work

I used my health as an excuse for something being late. This was a mistake. The door has opened to a question about the status of my health from someone who is my superior, but *not* my manager. How can I deflect their question? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:44 PM PST - 11 comments

Catscratch Cartoon DVD Search

It may sound silly but I am desperately looking for DVD's of a kids show called Catscratch. I emailed the network and haven't heard back. I can't find them for purchase, and they aren't available for downloading. Any thoughts or ideas?
posted by risaroni at 5:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me with a cracked HTC Thunderbolt screen

I done did it, I cracked my HTC Thunderbolt's screen. Help me understand my options. Lots of questions interspersed in the details; any answers appreciated. [more inside]
posted by rouftop at 5:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Upgrading my shower head and shower curtain rod

My shower (in a rental apartment) needs help in two ways. 1) I need to find a way to get the curtain farther out, with the complicating factor that the curtain is on an L-shaped rod (similar to this one). 2) My shower head puts out a piddly amount of water. I need one that will actually use the full water pressure available, and which is on a hose. Mefites, what do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 5:23 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me short-term with my dad.

My relationship with my dad is crap. I can't articulate why. I'm already in therapy, but my therapist is on vacation and I won't see her again for another few weeks. Help me out, if you can, in the meantime. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:19 PM PST - 26 comments

paging bill nye

This weekend I have to present a very brief (2-3 minute) lesson, aimed at fifth graders, on a science/engineering concept of my choosing. What should I choose? [more inside]
posted by btfreek at 4:54 PM PST - 17 comments

You and your wife have teeth alive, now haven't you?

Refreshing an old question: dentists in Los Angeles (specifically West L.A./Santa Monica). [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 4:51 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me organise my organiser

How to delete Delicious tags that are mistakes? [more inside]
posted by jojobobo at 4:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Lost my clothes in translation

Cheap clothing in Sydney? [more inside]
posted by zvs at 4:40 PM PST - 7 comments

ORAL SEX: Why can't I cum?

Why can't I cum? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:11 PM PST - 26 comments

How to ensure we are purchasing from local farmers.

After watching Food Inc. how can my girlfriend and I ensure we are purchasing the right stuff? [more inside]
posted by cassini at 4:09 PM PST - 16 comments

Women and the Arab Spring

I'm looking for any resources on the role women are playing in the Arab Spring. Articles, websites, essays, videos, art, statistics etc. are all greatly appreciated. Both Arabic and English would work. Thank you!
posted by Corduroy at 3:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Tell Me About This Poem At My Subway Stop!

Can someone tell me the author and history of this poem engraved into the bricks on the floor by the inbound train at the Davis Square T stop in Somerville MA? [more inside]
posted by shushufindi at 3:37 PM PST - 4 comments

Gossip girl

Asking for the wife: she wants to break up with a friend, she is not sure how she should do it. [more inside]
posted by Marduk at 3:26 PM PST - 15 comments

Medical bill debt, death and probate

News and debt filter: Can somebody tell me why it was necessary to have a fundraiser to pay US medical bills for a deceased person? In the USA, if you die with debts greater than the total sum of your assets, your estate is generally liquidated in probate, right? Medical debt collectors can't go after your family for debts they didn't incur... [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 3:22 PM PST - 11 comments

What's good like Basecamp with clients?

What other cool SaaS PM tools do a good job involving external clients without showing them too much or confusing them? I can only think of Basecamp. [more inside]
posted by michaelh at 3:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Vacation in Mannheim

Ideas for a trip to Mannheim, Germany. [more inside]
posted by Jaelma24 at 2:55 PM PST - 9 comments

We Salute You, Our Half Inflated Dark Lord.

Where can I learn more about the 1970s New York City occult scene? [more inside]
posted by modernserf at 2:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Does TVP come in different colours?

Why is my TVP dark? [more inside]
posted by asnider at 2:44 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me stop being a MIDIot

A friend gave me his MIDI keyboard and no instruction on what to do with it... Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by Echobelly at 2:36 PM PST - 5 comments

So . . . you like . . . stuff?

How can I communicate with S.O.'s mother? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust at 2:28 PM PST - 24 comments

Veggie Minced Lamb?

[vegetarian-filter] What are some good fake-meat crumbles that don't taste like beef? [more inside]
posted by redlines at 2:28 PM PST - 10 comments

work related discrimination

What can be done about discrimination at work and if you feel bullied? [more inside]
posted by heisableibelieve at 2:22 PM PST - 6 comments

incorporating a multinational non-profit

Advice on creating a multi-national non-profit organization? [more inside]
posted by kaibutsu at 2:07 PM PST - 2 comments

Is an Internal or an External Drive Best For iTunes Playback?

Is there any reason why I shouldn't transfer my 200+ GB iTunes library from an external drive to the internal drive of my new MacBook Pro? [more inside]
posted by eric1halfb at 1:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Was the roofer required to install vent screens?

Was the roofer required to install vent screens? [more inside]
posted by lemonade at 1:45 PM PST - 16 comments

Software to create a directory of people (employees)?

Is there software that will create a simple directory of employees with name, pic, and a few pieces of profile info (team name, role, etc.). [more inside]
posted by j810c at 1:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Feet, don't fail me now.

Had a weird fall several months ago, and I haven't really trusted my legs since. Any exercises/things I could be doing to improve this? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 12:58 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I make an interactive ebook out of the 320 high resolution images I have.

I have several large sets of high resolution PNG images that I would like to be able to easily view on a computer as an ebook. I would like to be able to flick through the pages with ease, zoom in/out and jump to a page number. It needs to work cross platform (OSX, Windows) and ideally just link to the png files rather than embedding them into a big file. It needs to be easy to use and hard to break! I am sure that there must be something out there that can help, but I have drawn a blank. Oh - and free/cheap is a bonus.
posted by Morsey at 12:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Investing Alternative to CDs

What alternatives to CDs are there for short-to-medium term investing? [more inside]
posted by medarby at 12:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Marmite. Chocolate. The United States.

Where in the US can I buy the Very Peculiar Marmite Chocolate Bar? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 12:52 PM PST - 13 comments

Buying a home with 5 adults

Buying a home with 4 other adults: advice and resources needed! Buying in the Washington DC/MD area. [more inside]
posted by Kindlekat at 12:51 PM PST - 9 comments

How to prevent rug damage by XBOX Dance Central 2 players?

I have a fantastic wool rug that sits in my living room. What's the best way to protect it from enthusiastic dancers who play Dance Central 2 on my XBOX Kinect? It's starting to bald, and I need to extend its life! [more inside]
posted by akka at 12:51 PM PST - 9 comments

Afterschool care in Portland, OR

(single dad filter) How do I go about finding afterschool care for my daughter? She's 9, but doesn't do well in afterschool programs, and I'd like to find someone trustworthy to collect her from school and hang with her until I get home at 5 each day. I'm in Multnomah Village, Portland.
posted by nicktf at 12:49 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I stop fonts from enabling?

MacBook Pro late 2011. OSX 10.7.2. Why is FontBook enabling various fonts without me doing it? And how can I prevent this? [more inside]
posted by jeff-o-matic at 12:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Sci-Fi anthology recommendations for an 8yr old.

Sci-Fi anthology recommendations for an 8yr old. [more inside]
posted by zeoslap at 12:39 PM PST - 19 comments

Understanding romantic love

Please help me understand the gray area in between being totally into someone you're exclusively dating and being in love with him/her? These things are virtually synonymous for me, but I love easily. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:35 PM PST - 16 comments

What (amazing) duo did I see in East Austin, TX on Dec. 6th?

What (amazing) duo did I see in East Austin, TX on Dec. 6th in the evening? [more inside]
posted by jpziller at 11:51 AM PST - 10 comments

Free raytracer for optical engineering.

Do any open source raytracers support an output of luminance incident on a surface? I want to determine the distribution of light on a surface in a scene based on the sun position. There are commercial packages that support this, but with the popularity of open source raytracing packages, is there one that can do what I need? [more inside]
posted by demiurge at 11:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Seeking Washington DC bars and restaurants that are great for groups

Can you list some bars and restaurants in DC that would be good for a group of 10-12, all 21+? I'm open to making reservations, but a) bars probably don't take them and b) it would also be nice to be able to descend on a location or two in a more impromptu fashion as the weekend develops. Neighborhoods and other relevant details within. [more inside]
posted by juliplease at 11:35 AM PST - 9 comments

Mold? Mildew? Fungus? Pod Person?

Name That Infestation-Filter! What's growing on my in-laws' wall? [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew at 11:29 AM PST - 5 comments

Honeymooners need fantastic costumes!

Can you think of some great costumes for a honeymooning bar-hopping couple in New Orleans over Halloween? [more inside]
posted by powerbumpkin at 11:24 AM PST - 5 comments

How to buy a ton of glass?

How can I buy a ton of glass? [more inside]
posted by American Christmas Devil at 11:21 AM PST - 17 comments

you die alone and confused, unable to ever locate that anthology you were thinking about

I thought I heard about an anthology that was endings to nonexistant Choose Your Own Adventure books. Or similar adventure gamebooks. I vaguely recall hearing about this through one of the fiction podcast places, so it might be a podiobook, not a dead-tree book. Anyone know what I'm talking about? [more inside]
posted by NoraReed at 11:19 AM PST - 4 comments

I want to earn money by joining affiliate programs on reputable sites. How should I go about this?

I want to earn money by joining affiliate programs on reputable sites. How should I go about this? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart at 11:12 AM PST - 9 comments

Be my Tim Gunn?

I'm clueless when it comes to fancy fashion. How should I accessorize my wedding dress? [more inside]
posted by Syllables at 11:11 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me make a fancy-pants map.

Looking for insider tips on how best to go about making this map almost exactly (with different data). [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee at 10:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Do I need a residential parking permit to park in front of my own driveway in San Francisco?

In San Francisco, will DPT ticket me if I park on the street in front of my own driveway without a residential parking permit? [more inside]
posted by roxie110 at 10:28 AM PST - 12 comments

Life insurance loan is underwater? Is there anything I can with the tax hit?

Many moons ago, my parents took out a loan against a whole life insurance policy on me. Now the policy is underwater and the insurance comapny wants to terminate it and I'm taking a tax hit. Can I avoid this? [more inside]
posted by cmm at 10:03 AM PST - 12 comments

Fiction Novel with the most screen / theatre adaptations made from it?

Excluding the Bible (which depending on your point of view is not a fictional tome) what book has (to date) had the most screen / theatre adaptations made from it? [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams at 9:59 AM PST - 28 comments

Surprised With Being Let Go, Networking/Job Search 101 plz?

I was let go from my job last week - it was kind of a surprise, but I'm bouncing back and I was looking to leave the company anyway, so I'm not too broken up about that. I am not thrilled about the prospect of job hunting while unemployed (would have preferred to have landed a new job first) and am trying to get a handle on my next steps. I have some Networking 101-type questions that I need help with, as well as some questions about how best to frame what happened at the last job to recruiters/prospective new leads/interviewers, and how to best avoid ever being in this same situation ever again. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:56 AM PST - 11 comments

What can I do to keep my mind off of the pain after my lasek surgery?

What can I do to keep my mind off of the pain after my lasek surgery? [more inside]
posted by icollectpurses at 9:55 AM PST - 22 comments

Green Line, Green Fairy?

I'm looking for a small-ish bottle of good absinthe, in DC, somewhere metro-accessible. By Friday. Oh, and I don't want to spend more than $30 or $40. Please hope me? (I don't care for it myself, this will be a gift.)
posted by JoanArkham at 9:51 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I performance tasks more quickly?

I work in the fast food industry. How do I become faster at my job? Are there things I can do off the job to increase my speed on the job? [more inside]
posted by Pericardium at 9:41 AM PST - 10 comments

help choosing personalized children's music

Looking for advice on personalized children's music (featuring the child's name). [more inside]
posted by cushie at 9:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Getting a Driver's License

Adult (26) getting a driver's license for the first time. How should I do it? [more inside]
posted by Vhanudux at 9:36 AM PST - 10 comments

Is a tablet computer a good tool to use for marine navigation?

Is a tablet computer a good tool to use for marine navigation? (A question related to the accuracy of a tablet computer GPS sensor when there is no WiFi or carrier based signal available) [more inside]
posted by Dave. at 9:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me learn more about these innovative works

Tell me more about Xul Solar's invented game and language, please? [more inside]
posted by taltalim at 9:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Phone conversation with a stroke patient?

Any tips for talking on the phone to someone with cognitive damage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:29 AM PST - 2 comments

Snap, Crackle, Pop, Ouch.

Why do my headphones give my ears little electric shocks in the winter, and how can I avoid it? [more inside]
posted by custard heart at 9:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Density = f(Particle Size Distribution)

Sphere packing problem: for a distribution of sphere sizes? [more inside]
posted by stepheno at 9:21 AM PST - 1 comment

Kitty Potty Training?

How to make a litter box smell more like a garden? [more inside]
posted by LN at 8:59 AM PST - 15 comments

Unplanned Pregnancy

I'm pregnant. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:57 AM PST - 64 comments

Should I work at a startup?

Is it worth it for me, a software developer with over 15 years' experience to work at a startup in order to update my skill set? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:43 AM PST - 6 comments

help me quell my ladyguts

I have interstitial cystitis and my doctor thinks I might have endometriosis. Should I have a laparoscopy? [more inside]
posted by hotelechozulu at 8:42 AM PST - 11 comments


Agilix and Agilix Backpack or GoCourse - anyone here have the pleasure/misfortunate/whathaveyou to have worked with the company's learning management systems on a professional or student basis? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 8:32 AM PST - 4 comments

Fun Cabin Fever ideas for your/ our community?

We'd like to hold a Cabin Fever party at our public library next month and are looking for a few creative ideas. We're in New Hampshire & a break during the long winter spell is always welcomed. [more inside]
posted by woodman at 8:24 AM PST - 8 comments

How to choose a therapist? Know one in the Loop, Chicago?

Can you recommend a great cognitive behavior therapist in the Loop, Chicago? Extra brownie points for one in North Loop. PS. On second thought, any tips on how to choose a therapist in the first place? What should I be looking for in a therapist? I want to minimize therapist hopping.
posted by gardenbex at 8:20 AM PST - 3 comments

Programming Languages for not-quite Luddites?

What online resources do you suggest where I can learn about various programming languages as opposed to learning how to code? Any sources that discuss the pros and cons of each or why it would be better to do X in Ruby rather than Python? [more inside]
posted by kaybdc at 8:04 AM PST - 9 comments

I want to record my voice.

I want to record myself singing. What hardware do I need? [more inside]
posted by feelinggood at 8:03 AM PST - 15 comments

Getting out of the Friend Zone and Fixing a Relationship

I'm trying to figure out how to get over a relationship, but don't want to rule out the potential possibilities of re-establishing a relationship with this person in the future. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by xShinigamiEyesx at 6:22 AM PST - 43 comments

Search for flights, excluding codeshare options

Is there a website like Kayak, but with the option to filter by the airline that operates the flight (i.e. to exclude codeshares)? Or is it possible to do this on Kayak? I have some United credit to spend, and it's proving non-trivial because I can't spend it on flights operated by Continental et al.
posted by caek at 6:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Area manager territories and regions

We have five area managers who look after a number of sites each (about 10) spread throughout the UK. How can I visually represent this on a map that shows the illogical (or logical) spread of their site distribution (from a distance perspective) Sub comment: I'd also like to be able to esimate the distances travelled if they visit each site x days per year and show the most efficient site per manager. Suggestions for this would be great too.
posted by trashcan at 5:57 AM PST - 3 comments

I don't want to get in trouble!

Workplace filter: I feel uncomfortable doing something.. give me a clue as to what to do? Details inside [more inside]
posted by xicana63 at 5:35 AM PST - 27 comments

Looking for some background on New Orleans, Louisiana

Looking for some books on New Orleans. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum at 5:26 AM PST - 12 comments

My lovely little lump

I have self-diagnosed the lump on the inside of my left wrist as a ganglion cyst. My GP's on a vacation for two weeks. This isn't urgent, is it? I can wait till he gets back, right guys? [more inside]
posted by sively at 5:19 AM PST - 18 comments

A walking fashion "Don't"

Hopeless Fashion Filter, Man-Edition: What the heck should I wear to this wedding? Uggh. [more inside]
posted by Buffaload at 4:42 AM PST - 16 comments

How to tell my parents, about my preferences about marriage, without hurting them?

How do I handle my parents, with regards to my marriage? (also, is there any hope for me?) [more inside]
posted by mudman at 4:24 AM PST - 19 comments

[Anger related issue filter] Do I need a tougher outer shell, or should I be bothered by this?

Difficulty with communicating anger and/or frustration toward friends--need a few techniques to move forward. [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet at 3:55 AM PST - 16 comments

Do people run like clockwork? (In large open spaces)

Is it true that people flow through convention halls, shopping malls and similar areas in a clockwise direction, more often than not? [more inside]
posted by piato at 3:30 AM PST - 15 comments

Please help me deal with a flaky business co-founder.

Please help me deal with a flaky business co-founder. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by heartofglass at 3:24 AM PST - 14 comments

Sci-fi-horror movies

Science fiction/horror movie marathon time! [more inside]
posted by tumid dahlia at 3:08 AM PST - 19 comments

January 22

Does Ben Sherman make quality shoes?

I'm thinking about buying a pair of Ben Sherman Manchester boots on super sale from JackThreads, but I'm concerned they'll just be another pair of cheap Chinese-made shoes and a waste of a hundred bucks. Anybody have experience with recently made Ben Sherman shoes in general or this model specifically? Alternatively, if you have good experiences with black, mid-calf (10-12 eyelet) boots, I'd like to hear those, too.
posted by maniactown at 11:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Low-carb recipes for the crockpot?

What are your favorite low-carb recipes for the crock pot / slow cooker? [more inside]
posted by vorfeed at 11:27 PM PST - 14 comments

Eye mojo, domo!

pediatric ophthalmology; child had surgery for Infantile Esotropia, now the glasses thing.. and general questions on things around eyes [more inside]
posted by lundman at 11:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Can MMA fighters be using steroids and never get caught?

MMAfilter: The recent news that Cris Cyborg has been using steroids has caused her whole career to be called into question. But that made me question - how often are MMA fighters tested for steroids? [more inside]
posted by Sully at 11:20 PM PST - 4 comments

A little help

I'm at the edge. How do I pull back? Do I pull back? Snowflake details follow. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:25 PM PST - 21 comments

Recently switched from digital drumset to acoustic. How do we keep them from being picked up by the vocal mics?

We played for years with V-Drums and just recently switched to acoustic drums. We've found that the cymbals get picked up by the vocal mics and distort or drown out the rest of the mix. How do we prevent that? [more inside]
posted by Alien Parachute Man at 10:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Remember an early 2000s blog called Greybox or Greysquare?

Helping help a friend find an old blog. Here are the details she remembers: A guy. Blogging around 2000 - 2001. Posts were often confessional, inimate accounts of his torturous relationship with his girlfriend, who had some sort of eating disorder. He lived in San Francisco much of this time, but eventually moved to (possibly) NYC. The blog may have been called the Grey Square or the Grey Box. Not much to go on, but maybe it will ring a bell with someone?
posted by the jam at 8:59 PM PST - 7 comments

ALL THE...oh nevermind. Bacon.

What's the best way to store my fats? [more inside]
posted by rhizome at 8:15 PM PST - 24 comments

right or left?

when interlacing your hands, which of your thumbs do you put in front? what about your feet when sitting cross-legged? are you a righty or a lefty? [more inside]
posted by sabh at 6:50 PM PST - 69 comments

Living with yourself after doing a horrible and selfish thing

I need help in moving on with my life after telling a lie. Many lies. That hurt someone very badly. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:49 PM PST - 28 comments

It is just one of your holiday games.

I have a newish cat. He seems to be pretty permanent, so now he needs a name. At the shelter his name was Perry, or maybe Terry. I don't like either name. Photos and details inside. [more inside]
posted by jeather at 6:49 PM PST - 56 comments

What to do about trolling?

I'm being trolled. I think that it is going too far. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:49 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me find this USB cable image macro

I'm trying to find an image macro I saw about having trouble plugging in USB cables. [more inside]
posted by joshuaconner at 6:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Cost of an attorney to be an independent contractor

Calling all attorneys and law firms: how much does contract legal work cost? [more inside]
posted by angab at 6:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Book for a male tween?

Looking for a non-icky sex ed book for a 12-year old boy. [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost at 6:13 PM PST - 15 comments

Free nicotine patch with purchase of cigarettes: Plausible?

What legal barriers would there be to requiring that every pack of cigarettes come with a nicotine patch? Would this even be good policy? [more inside]
posted by lakeroon at 5:55 PM PST - 16 comments

What kind of speakers do I need for my wedding?

Help me find the best speaker solution for my upcoming wedding? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon at 5:31 PM PST - 7 comments

The Instantwatcher is a lie?!?!?

What is the deal with Instantwatcher.com not showing all available titles? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 at 5:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Easy love song for guitar

Need a love song that's easy to sing and play on the guitar. [more inside]
posted by robverb at 5:18 PM PST - 19 comments

I want my child to grow up open minded, not like you Mom.

More crazy mom drama. How do I tell her tactfully and with the least waves possible that I don't want her to take my eleven year old daughter to a Political Rally on the other side of the country? [more inside]
posted by TooFewShoes at 4:47 PM PST - 46 comments

winter carnival - best ever - chilly snowy good times

How do I have the best St. Paul MN Winter Carnival Weekend possible? [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny at 4:28 PM PST - 12 comments

Ready for the same old questions, not sure about new questions.

I just landed a phone interview for potentially my first managerial job after five years of being a systems analyst. What questions do I need to be ready for in the phone interview and the face-to-face interview? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 4:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Extracting iPhoto from iPad?

How to extract iPhoto data from iPad? [more inside]
posted by u2604ab at 4:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Fry me a river

Electronics emergency! I have to install a panel tomorrow that I wired up with the AN6884 IC, it was working fine, but then I stupidly and hastily used an AC adapter without testing the polarity.... [more inside]
posted by cloeburner at 4:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dumpster

In the last year on our road into town in rural Vermont, we have seen the personal effects of 3 people who have recently died packed into dumpsters at the side of the road. In one case the family had a tag sale and sold all the valuable stuff (her crystal collection) and tossed the rest in the dumpster. For some reason this creeps me out big time and I don't want it to happen to me. Are there best practices for disposing of the personal effects of family members?How did your family dispose of the stuff of the deceased that you didn't want? Yes.... I know about a will and have one.
posted by Xurando at 3:59 PM PST - 20 comments

What other nerdy games would I like?

I really, really liked the flash game 3 Slices, recently posted on the blue. I also loved Lemmings. What other flash or internet-based games would I like that I can play on my (old) laptop? [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot at 3:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Hive mind, take me away!

Please recommend a healthy but not hardcore spa vacation for a stressed-out fat girl. [more inside]
posted by Flannery Culp at 3:44 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me remember a song

I'm trying to remember a song. Part of the chorus is "shiiiine on! Shiiiine on!" and has a very area-rock sound (similar to Autograph). Any ideas?
posted by Ikazuchi at 3:43 PM PST - 16 comments

Should I let my boyfriend sleep with other women?

Is it a poor idea to let your partner have sex with other people, knowing that you will be hurt by it? Will it be more likely to help or hurt our relationship if he indulges in his fantasies with other women – and is this a reasonable compromise for someone to make? [more inside]
posted by labandita at 3:42 PM PST - 110 comments

Synonym for satisfying?

Is there a single word for finding pleasure in well done formulaic stories not because they are doing something new or even being particularly clever, but because they hit the notes well, manage the tropes, and deliver what they promise? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 3:37 PM PST - 34 comments

Ex-smoker + wine = oh dear!

I quit smoking, but can't fight the occasional urge to buy a pack after drinking. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:34 PM PST - 20 comments

What to do with a (slightly) scratched screen?

What do you do about very small scratches in a glass cellphone screen other than replacing the screen? [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 at 3:30 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I choose a tumble dryer?

[UK filter] Tumble dryer purchasing advice sought! [more inside]
posted by wigsnatcher at 3:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Best portable heated blanket?

What is my best option for buying or rigging a portable heated blanket or other heating source? [more inside]
posted by quietshout at 2:52 PM PST - 13 comments

I can't convince my anxiety-afflicted mom to get therapy, but she'll read a book. What book should it be?

I've been trying to convince my anxiety-afflicted Mom to get therapy for ages. She finally said that if I were to buy her a book, she would promise to read it, and perhaps that would lead to finally giving therapy a shot. She's pushing 70 and has to deal with a new addition to the family who is aggressive and toxic, so I think its urgent for her to get a better handle on her mental state. [more inside]
posted by tempythethird at 2:52 PM PST - 10 comments

Help Installing Nest Thermostat on Millivolt System Using 24v Transformer

I just purchased a new Nest thermostat. My old thermostat gets power from an ancient millivolt system (thermopile on top of pilot light generates 0.7VDC). This is incompatible with the Nest, since the Nest requires standard 24VAC. Nest support told me they've heard some customers have had success using 24v step-down transformer. After lots of research, I think the wiring is supposed to go something like this: W from furnace (common, -0.7VDC ?) --> W on T-Stat 24 VAC power from transformer (+/- ?) --> C on T-Stat R from furnace (+0.7VDC ?) --> RH on T-Stat 24VAC power from transformer (+/- ?) --> RH on T-Stat As you can see, I'm still a bit fuzzy on the details. Questions are below the fold! [more inside]
posted by jesseendahl at 2:40 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me clean and protect these wood floors

Looking for advice on cleaning and protecting an old wood floor. The wood is heart pine, I don't know what the finish is, and there are gaps between the boards. Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by jalexc at 1:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Pushing on the "Pull" door.

Ugh. The "list view" in Finder (Macbook OS X Lion 10.7.2) is no longer showing the collapsible triangle to the left. It only shows a triangle to the right, which isn't collapsible/expandable. What gives? [more inside]
posted by madred at 1:51 PM PST - 2 comments

I'd like my podcasts dry and witty, with a touch of the absurd..

Are there awesome British podcasts out there I don't know about? [more inside]
posted by actionpact at 1:46 PM PST - 12 comments

Did this cartoon exist?

When I was a kid, I remember watching a cartoon that I only remember a few details about. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Scottie_Bob at 1:43 PM PST - 4 comments

Can frozen river horses exist?

A recent Spanish film, Silence in the Snow, begins with a striking images of horses' heads sticking out of a frozen river. Apparently a herd has run into the river and the water has frozen instantaneously around them, freezing them into it. It is a beautiful image, not dissimilar from one in Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg, and it is just a movie and all, but I've been wondering: could it really happen?
posted by Holly at 12:56 PM PST - 18 comments

Paranoia Industroia

How do I get rid of/destroy/throw out old network backup tapes that have personal information and customer information on them? [more inside]
posted by JohnnyGunn at 12:46 PM PST - 10 comments

How to get someone to understand that the people asking her for money are not her friends?

In each mail delivery to her home, my mother-in-law gets about a dozen urgent requests for help with protecting our borders or our seaports or the Constitution or the rights of seniors or for money to aid Native American children or children with serious ailments or disabilities. A few years ago, her daughters discovered that she was sending out a few small checks every day, amounting to about $500 a month. Which is not the problem. The problem is that she gives full credence to these solicitations, feels obliged to study them carefully, and worries about the local or national calamities or potential calamities that they describe. And she cannot be dissuaded from the idea that the solicitations are directed to her personally because her name is prefixed or inserted throughout the text. I'm sure that many MeFites have encountered this problem with a naive, older relative. Any suggestions, other than trying to stop mail from people she believes to be her friends?
posted by RichardS at 12:40 PM PST - 18 comments

iPhone Music Sorting/Grouping is broken

Since enabling iTunes in the Cloud, my music is sorted/grouped incorrectly on my iPhone. Albums starting with "S" will appear under "T", for instance. See this image for an example. [more inside]
posted by krunk at 12:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Out of copyright post-apocalyptic stories

Dear Metafilter: can you suggest any short stories that fit a general theme of post-apocalyptic stories, but which are out of copyright/public domain? [more inside]
posted by reynir at 12:16 PM PST - 6 comments

What is electricity made of?

In a bid to prolong bed-time, my four-year-old just asked me, "What is electricity made of?' I told her to close her eyes and go to sleep, which has bought me 9-10 hours till she wakes me up and asks me the same question again. What's the most accurate answer I can give her that she will understand and not be bored by?
posted by Hogshead at 12:13 PM PST - 28 comments

sort of like burning your mouth with pizza, only you don't get any pizza

What exactly has happened when you "scratch your throat" by taking a pill or capsule with too little water? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 11:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Uncertainty about wanting kids - dealbreaker?

Fears about the future interfering with the now? Or: how hard I should try to convince him to give us another shot. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:12 AM PST - 17 comments

Booze before noon

Before noon booze. Tomato juice gives me heartburn and I don't really want to open a bottle of champagne for two drinks. So, what are the alternative brunch cocktails. NO VODKA DRINKS. Preference for drinks which are not simply an ounce of alcohol added to a glass of juice/cup of hot coffee or chocolate. [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick at 10:56 AM PST - 41 comments

Which of these topic ideas would be best for a presentation at work?

I have to do a 5-minute presentation to my colleagues at an upcoming work retreat, no visuals allowed. We can talk about anything we want. I have several ideas but can't settle on one. [more inside]
posted by starpoint at 10:17 AM PST - 20 comments

White Coats Freak me Out.

Anyone have tips to control white coat syndrome? [more inside]
posted by astapasta24 at 10:14 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me live with Hepatitis C.

How can I live a positive life in light of the HepC? How and when do I tell a potential lover about the HepC? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:09 AM PST - 13 comments

How to use Markdown and Pages on OSX without losing document structures?

Markdown and (Apple) Pages. I'm trying to work out a sensible workflow that will allow me to export Markdown text into an existing Pages document, without this process eliminating the structure of the text. [more inside]
posted by davemee at 10:06 AM PST - 3 comments

Pessimism, optimism, realism and ...

I need a word. Imagine two axes "risk" and "optimism" and two states "high" and "low", thus four states. lo optimism lo risk = pessimism, hi optimism lo risk = optimism, lo optimism hi risk = realism, hi optimism hi risk = ??? [more inside]
posted by falcon at 9:48 AM PST - 23 comments

how best to explain a felony conviction on a rental application.

how best to explain felony convictions on a rental application? [more inside]
posted by austere at 9:32 AM PST - 10 comments

How should I shop for a mortgage?

How should I go about shopping for a mortgage? [more inside]
posted by sah at 9:23 AM PST - 5 comments

What items should I not forget to bring for a 15-hour flight? Also, as a non-gamer, are there iPad games you'd recommend to make the flight go faster?

What items should I not forget to bring for a 15-hour flight? Also, as a non-gamer, are there iPad games you'd recommend to make the flight go faster? [more inside]
posted by critzer at 9:02 AM PST - 53 comments

Transferring Files From Ipod Touch

Can I transfer music files from an Ipod Touch over to a Sandisk MP3 Player? Thanks in advance.
posted by Mckoan1 at 7:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Name for new female puppy?

Please help us name the new puppy. [more inside]
posted by joe vrrr at 7:11 AM PST - 85 comments

How Can I Blow My Sister's Mind in the Big Apple?

My sister has never been to NYC before and I'm taking her for three days to celebrate her 32nd birthday -- help me find the best of quirky NYC. [more inside]
posted by missjenny at 7:08 AM PST - 40 comments

Spirit of Place: books about Lisbon, Portugal or New York City

My parents will be traveling to Lisbon, Portugal in the coming months and would like suggestions for books to read before their trip. We were talking about this and were trying to come up for the equivalent set of books for someone visiting New York as well. What should they read? [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek at 6:53 AM PST - 9 comments

How to set up video chat on iPad with Hotmail

How do I set up my iPad for video chatting with Hotmail? I just recently reconnected with some former deaf students of mine, after about 25 years (thank you, Facebook). We have been communicating by email but written language is not optimal. One of my former students has asked that I video chat with him via Hotmail. I have created Hotmail account, now what? I'd like to be able to do this directly through my iPad, as well as by connecting my iPad to a PC and using it as a webcam. Also any tips for placement of the iPad for use while signing would be appreciated.
posted by ms_rasclark at 6:15 AM PST - 8 comments

In Google, does anyone know why search terms disappear when you click on the "news" and "shopping" link?

In Google, does anyone know why search terms disappear when you click on the "news" and "shopping" link on the grey bar but not "images", "videos" or "maps"? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 4:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Attacks on Chinese people in Africa

Can anyone help find this article I'm thinking of? [more inside]
posted by Qberting at 3:43 AM PST - 2 comments

The ever-so-slightly-split-level living room

My living room is on two ever-so-slightly different levels; is this going to cause problems when it comes to laying a carpet? [more inside]
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 3:36 AM PST - 11 comments

Where can I get Valrhona Celaya Hot chocolate?

Anyone know where I can buy Valrhona Celaya Hot chocolate? [more inside]
posted by Pterofractal at 3:16 AM PST - 3 comments

How to pronounce court cases?

In court cases in the US, how are case names actually pronounced? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign at 3:06 AM PST - 16 comments

Keep my iPod display from lighting when I'm not using it.

How can I keep my iPod display from lighting up with notifications? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 2:48 AM PST - 7 comments

"Post-BA" programs

Question about "post-BA" programs [more inside]
posted by pete_22 at 2:24 AM PST - 12 comments

January 21

Mysterious sign in the backgroumd of a movie...

What is this sign from the background of a scene in the movie Moneyball? [more inside]
posted by upc_head at 11:51 PM PST - 10 comments

But really, how *do* you make friends in a new city?

No, but really, how do you make friends after college? [more inside]
posted by dekathelon at 11:00 PM PST - 125 comments

Who's yo' daddy, William X. O'Brien?

Does anyone know anything about the Irish trade unionist and politician William X. O'Brien (23 January 1981 - 31 October 1968)? I read that he was born in Clonakilty and, descending from the O'Brien family in that area, I'm curious if he's a relative. I would think it'd be easy to get a little family information on him given his relative prominence, but I haven't turn up much.
posted by Enneking at 10:55 PM PST - 1 comment

Is there a software that can capture real time video feed from another computers screen on your home network?

Is there software that can capture real time video feed from another computers screen on your home network? [more inside]
posted by Bacillus at 9:45 PM PST - 9 comments

I would be happy to stand trial...some other time.

What can I do to minimize my chances of being picked for jury duty? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:23 PM PST - 36 comments

Did freeze damage new, uninstalled water softener?

Is it bad that my uninstalled (new) water softener was exposed to freezing temperatures? [more inside]
posted by J0 at 8:20 PM PST - 2 comments

Trying to find the best light sling backpack ever

Please help me find another incarnation of the best school orientation giveaway ever, my perfect one shoulder, cross body bag. [more inside]
posted by Salamandrous at 8:18 PM PST - 11 comments

What do I want? What do I need? Why do I want it? What's in it for me?

Some general and specific questions about bringing your budget classification terms in line with published guidelines. In your personal budget, how do you classify fees like overdrafts, ATM fees, ATM refunds etc? What about taxes paid and refunds received? How do you determine wants and needs? [more inside]
posted by bleep at 8:03 PM PST - 10 comments

I would also like an image of a flappy-armed upright turtle, if such a thing were available

I saw a "how I think I look when I'm running/how I actually look" image within the last year, and I'd like to find it again. [more inside]
posted by punchtothehead at 7:46 PM PST - 5 comments

suck it.

which vacuum cleaner should i get? [more inside]
posted by violetk at 7:19 PM PST - 15 comments

left hearing tuner

Are there any good acoustic guitar tuners for dyslexic people? [more inside]
posted by Jacen at 6:57 PM PST - 17 comments

What advice do you have for buyer?

I've recently become a buyer for an online shop specializing in electronics & home goods. What advice do you have for me? [more inside]
posted by MesoFilter at 6:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Frequency approximation for series of events

So I want to calculate rate of events as a function of time... [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl at 6:23 PM PST - 17 comments

How to Handle a Restaurant Bill SNAFU

A few weeks ago I had a frustrating interaction with a waiter regarding a gift card. I am still bothered by what happened and would like some advice about it. [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain at 6:16 PM PST - 33 comments

Help me flirt with my uber hot sweetie?

flirting tips/ideas? i'm really good at sweet, romantic, thoughtful, etc. not the best at sexy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:10 PM PST - 12 comments

What's the best iPhone app for calorie counting?

What's the best iPhone app for calorie counting? [more inside]
posted by jobby at 5:52 PM PST - 14 comments

Can you identify this black & red insect?

What was this (now slightly squashed) black and red bug? Back. Underside. It appeared mysteriously today in our apartment, in NJ. It was almost 0.5 inch long.
posted by fings at 4:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Local needs advice on where to eat in Princeton, NJ

IShouldKnowThisFilter: What are some restaurants with nice atmosphere and good food to go to in the Princeton/Trenton, NJ area for Valentines? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 4:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Ruby on Rails Resources?

I'm working on learning Ruby on Rails right now, and I'm starting to feel like I'm in way over my head. For those who have been there, what resources helped you find your footing? [more inside]
posted by ella wren at 4:25 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me phone screen interview candidates more effectively?

Help me do a better job of phone screening candidates for largely-technical/programming positions. [more inside]
posted by ish__ at 4:24 PM PST - 8 comments

What can cause knee stiffness and pain in less than a week without any distinct injury? And when is this an emergency?

What can cause knee stiffness and pain in less than a week without any distinct injury? And when is this an emergency? [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita at 4:20 PM PST - 8 comments

What happens when human urine ferments?

What happens when urine ferments? I am interested in the chemical formulas, health effects, and agricultural fertilizer applications. More specifically: one gallon of human urine stored for 7 days in a plastic milk jug at room temperature.
posted by gray17 at 4:08 PM PST - 20 comments

Helping a Neighbor's Pet

How far can we go to help a neighbor's animal? [more inside]
posted by R2WeTwo at 3:59 PM PST - 20 comments

Help with bombarie gift idea

Help me hive mind!! - Wedding bombarie gifts [more inside]
posted by Eapoe at 3:56 PM PST - 12 comments

employee expense reporting

looking for employee expense reporting solutions for a multi-national medium sized business [more inside]
posted by kingfish at 3:47 PM PST - 3 comments

The recipe for a liquid sunset

The Darjeeling Sunset: please help us figure out this drink [more inside]
posted by bonehead at 3:46 PM PST - 3 comments

Inexpensive, quickly made hors d'oeuvres?

We're having a small party. I could use ideas for inexpensive - but nice - hors d'oeuvres/snacks for up to 15 people that take minimal prep time, for a total of 15-30 minutes on my feet per day.
posted by moira at 3:15 PM PST - 28 comments

How to (painlessly) find a vacation rental in Southwest Florida?

I'm looking to rent a 4 bedroom house within striking distance of Sanibel Island, Florida in the last week of February 2012. Does the hive-mind have any recommendations for web sites or other resources that will make this task easier than it's been so far? [more inside]
posted by plantbot at 2:41 PM PST - 2 comments

Leather care for my favorite leather boots

What is the best way to care for my favorite leather boots? [more inside]
posted by geeky at 2:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Good Chicken!

We got a new puppy! Housebreaking questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér at 2:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me become a web developer, fellow web developers!

In what order should I learn technologies for web development? There're so many! [more inside]
posted by jasondbarr at 2:09 PM PST - 21 comments

Performing in Deutschland?

I'm an American, planning to visit Germany for the first time in a few months; I'll be there for about a week, mostly in Berlin. I'm a musician (I do electronic pop -- I had a track on MeFiComp!), and I know my music has at least a handful of fans in Germany. So I'm thinking about trying to book myself a gig. I'm fairly confident that I can find a place to play, and transport my gear over there. What I haven't been able to figure out from my internet research is the legal side of things. Do I need to get a special visa if I'm going to do a paid performance? What about an unpaid performance? Will customs give me a hard time if I show up with music gear and no paperwork to explain what I plan to do with it? If so, how would I go about getting the necessary permit(s)?
posted by Artifice_Eternity at 2:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Vania King tennis fashion

What brand of clothing is Vania King wearing in this picture from the Australian Open earlier this week? [more inside]
posted by nanhey at 1:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Cities of longitude and latitude

What major cities have grids laid out on the North/South axis? Are there advantages or reasons for this? [more inside]
posted by minkll at 1:55 PM PST - 37 comments

Is an ageing population the cause of lower crime?

Is there any research exploring a potential link between an ageing population and falling crime rates? [more inside]
posted by howfar at 1:46 PM PST - 3 comments

Need a kick in the ass for work direction.

I am wanting to get a job in Indianapolis where I am from. My wife and I have lived in my current city for 4 years and have not managed to make any close friends and am not finding much to do here. I am average at my job IMO where others could do much better and have more passion (librarian) (i.e. I don't deserve this job...but that is another story...). Question: trying to figure out what I might be better at and leave library service altogether to more qualified people and find some unrelated job that I can at least make 35 K to start paying off student loan. Is this asking for too much in today's job climate? I am 41 with the M.L.S. if that helps clarify and have solid work performance and have no qualms about ever being a librarian or anything like it again.
posted by snap_dragon at 1:44 PM PST - 11 comments

Help out a matcha n00b?

I've recently grown to love the Japanese green tea sold at Costco. I especially like the matcha powder in each bag that I can sprinkle on my cup of tea. I'd like to try out a Japanese matcha powder, but there are so many choices and price ranges. [more inside]
posted by sister nunchaku of love and mercy at 1:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Dead MacBook = Minecraft server? Robot brain?

What fun things could I do with my old 15" MacBook Pro whose graphics chip just kicked the bucket? [more inside]
posted by Bengston at 12:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Occupation: Writing love letters to the universe.

Where can I buy this poster online? [more inside]
posted by gursky at 12:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Of shoe shiners and assertiveness

Some random shoe shiner shined one of my boots while I was waiting in the subway, hoping to get some money. I honestly had no cash on me at the time. He left off without much fuss thankfully, but I'm worried about the products he used may ruin my boot, and how to deal with such ones in the future. [more inside]
posted by never nice at 12:05 PM PST - 16 comments

What's the red stuff in this alluvial fan satellite image?

What is the red stuff in this satellite image? [more inside]
posted by Listener at 12:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking to unPaq files

I am looking for information about decompressing "MediaPaq" archives, with .paq extensions. I am finding the Internet surprisingly silent. [more inside]
posted by sagwalla at 11:44 AM PST - 3 comments

Where to go with toddler for fun?

What family outing can we do that will be fun for our two year old toddler? trick- we only have a few hours. location is the philadelphia suburbs. [more inside]
posted by assasinatdbeauty at 11:39 AM PST - 3 comments

Easy on bandwidth computer games

Suggestions requested for computer games that will keep me engaged. Infrastructural limitations and preferences in more detail after the jump. [more inside]
posted by infini at 11:27 AM PST - 24 comments

Where is a butcher when you need one?

How do YOU trim short ribs? [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry at 11:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Hacker protection tips for ordinary people...

Email Security: As the News International scandal unravels more cases of 'email hacking' are coming to light so I wanted to know the view of the hive on how easy it might be to hack into someone's email and tips on how to avoid being hacked. [more inside]
posted by london302 at 11:25 AM PST - 17 comments

Some people are just hard to buy for

What should I get my 81-year-old father for his birthday? (special snowflake details inside) [more inside]
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 11:03 AM PST - 28 comments

catching up with an ex, disappointing results

I recently reestablished contact with an ex-girlfriend that I haven't spoken to for many years. a few polite emails went back and forth, but i was hoping for so much more... [more inside]
posted by camdan at 11:02 AM PST - 32 comments

Plastic Model Paints?

This black acrylic paint sucks for the plastic model I am building. What model paints should I be using?
posted by toastchee at 10:30 AM PST - 9 comments

Help my friends and I find an outdoorsy place to spend a weekend that is logistically feasible (we're traveling from Atlanta, LA, and Pennsylvania).

Help my friends and I find an outdoorsy place to spend a weekend that is logistically feasible (we're traveling from Atlanta, LA, and Pennsylvania). [more inside]
posted by malhouse at 10:07 AM PST - 5 comments

Nail Polish?

What's the best non-nail-stamping nail polish to use for stamping nails? [more inside]
posted by kittenmarlowe at 10:02 AM PST - 9 comments

Is there video of the Dance Hall at Louse Point stage production?

Has video ever surfaced of PJ Harvey and John Parish's collaboration with the Mark Bruce Dance Company and their stage production of Dance Hall at Louse Point?
posted by Houyhnhnm at 8:40 AM PST - 0 comments

Getting two separate address books to play nice on an iPhone

Much confusion trying to integrate my personal cell phone (a google voice # + gmail + google contacts + calendar all on one google account) into my work iphone (email + calendar + contacts all on one google apps account, synced using exchange) -- particularly around a question of syncing two SEPARATE sets of contacts into one iPhone address book. [more inside]
posted by Muffpub at 8:37 AM PST - 3 comments

Hats in Chicago

Long shot: Is there anywhere in Chicago or its transit-accessible suburbs where I can buy, in person, a decent-quality Russian ushanka (ear-flap hat)? [more inside]
posted by enn at 8:11 AM PST - 7 comments

stampede psychology

Is there any good research into how people behave in a stampede? You know, the classic fire in a theatre sort of stampede. I'm looking for academic articles, books, slate.com speculations, anything. Thanks!
posted by Pants! at 8:03 AM PST - 13 comments

Someone used my Gmail address for receipts on iTunes. How do I tell him about his mistake?

Someone used my Gmail address for receipts on iTunes. How do I tell him about his mistake? I am in the UK, he is Rhode Island, USA. [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- at 7:26 AM PST - 11 comments

the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

How do I explain a university medical withdrawal to a prospective employer without damaging my chances of being hired? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:13 AM PST - 17 comments

Can I use my iPod touch to display the BBC iPlayer app on my TV?

Can I use my iPod touch to display the BBC iPlayer app on my TV? [more inside]
posted by beniamino at 7:11 AM PST - 1 comment

When am I on TV tonight?

When is my short on TV tonight?! I can't work out what time REEL 13 airs its Indie Short competition winners? We have this week's slot, but the REEL 13 website schedule is unclear, as is the Thirteen.org schedule. Will the short be on at 9 p.m., before the classic, at 11 p.m., between the classic and the indie, or at 12:45 a.m. on Sunday morning? The schedule seems to be broken on their website, but it does seem slotted in there, just. Perhaps it's a browser problem I have? We REALLY want to film it screening on air tonight, but aren't in New York, so need to ask someone to do it for us, and want to make sure we get the timing right! Thanks!
posted by omnigut at 6:10 AM PST - 5 comments

I want to rebuy my old laptop--but new. Suggestions?

I bought a Dell Inspiron 1420 in 2007. It is too slow now and has too little memory. And I fear it will start to have hardware issues soon. I want to replace it, but I want the same features I had before, in particular the really solid feel (this thing is all metal, I haven't seen anything like it in stores) that seems to have been abandoned today in favor of lightness. [more inside]
posted by laskagirl at 5:15 AM PST - 9 comments

The best massage in Hong Kong please

I'd like to buy my awesome aunt in Hong Kong a voucher for a (western style) massage - does anyone know a great venue? She lives in Discovery Bay, in case that helps. Thanks.
posted by superfish at 5:05 AM PST - 3 comments

Reuse or recycle?

What is the proper way to "recycle" the blue plastic pallets that Diet Mountain Dew bottles are sold on? [more inside]
posted by aflores at 3:13 AM PST - 3 comments

Can you help me choose a Keurig coffee machine?

Can you help me choose a Keurig coffee machine? [more inside]
posted by Fiat124 at 2:33 AM PST - 14 comments

Where to donate books in Sri Lanka?

Where can I donate second-hand English-language adult fiction books in Sri Lanka? [more inside]
posted by seoulpenguin at 12:28 AM PST - 1 comment

January 20

Oh Please, more fees?

California Used Car DMV Fees: dealer was supposed to pay dmv fees on my new (used)car but they lowballed the estimated fees on my receipt...now I get a letter from them asking for the difference. Is this legal? [more inside]
posted by jnnla at 10:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Is this guy a predator on the prowl, or am I over-reacting to Naked Yoga Guy at the playground?

Is this guy a predator on the prowl, or am I over-reacting to Naked Yoga Guy at the playground? [more inside]
posted by dejah420 at 10:12 PM PST - 59 comments

CRM software with a specific feature

Looking for free or low-cost CRM with a specific scheduling feature. [more inside]
posted by xedrik at 9:53 PM PST - 7 comments

High fat food for cats?

What can we feed our cat to help him gain weight? [more inside]
posted by angiep at 8:42 PM PST - 19 comments

How should I handle this rent increase?

My NYC landlord offered a lease renewal on my rent-stabilized apartment, but with a rent adjustment that appears to be too high. It's a bit more complicated than that, though. [more inside]
posted by aiko at 8:09 PM PST - 8 comments

How to transition from classical to jazz bass?

I am a classically trained bassist that wants to learn jazz and get over my fear of improvisation. How can I practice in my spare time to further this goal? [more inside]
posted by masters2010 at 8:02 PM PST - 5 comments

This feels like a weird role reversal

A guy I've been on a few dates with told me he is a virgin. Questions ensue. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:41 PM PST - 19 comments

Money for help paying suicide-watch hospitalization bill?

Money for help paying suicide-watch hospitalization bill? [more inside]
posted by webmutant at 7:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Can I uninstall iTunes and Safari

How can I uninstall iTunes and Safari, and would doing so break anything else? [more inside]
posted by VoteBrian at 6:53 PM PST - 12 comments

How should I use my iPad at university?

How can I best use my iPad at university (and avoid buying a new laptop)? [more inside]
posted by robcorr at 6:08 PM PST - 13 comments

WWTTD (What Would This Therapist Do?)

Anglican Christian filter: I am interested in working for an Anglican non-profit organization as an intern-therapist. I am a non-practicing Christian, but have a strong spiritual belief (think: Eckhart Tolle/Eastern philosophy) and was formally trained in transpersonal psychotherapy, which by definition is rooted in spirituality and encourages one to "transcend beyond oneself." I am not inherently opposed to religion, but do not follow strict Catholic practices. Should I reconsider being interested in this position? I need more subjective info on Anglican beliefs, and Wikipedia isn't really helping in this area. [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 at 5:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Enough of TAL, I want something else

I've gone off This American Life. What podcasts should I listen to? [more inside]
posted by hoyland at 5:49 PM PST - 50 comments

How can I not drink heavily and keep a social life?

How can I not drink heavily and keep a social life? [more inside]
posted by Rosengeist at 4:57 PM PST - 66 comments

Taking my funny face to Paris

So I'll be in Paris for six days in the beginning of February. I have my cheap not-quite-a-room all set up (thanks, airbnb!) and some mild conversational skills all primed and...basically no other plans, other than vast quantities of pastries. So what do you, o wonderful Mefites, suggest? In search of: museums, especially odd ones and/or Romans, fancy paper... [more inside]
posted by jetlagaddict at 4:42 PM PST - 23 comments

Remaining True to Oneself

What does it mean to remain "true to yourself?" [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice at 4:14 PM PST - 23 comments

Can I have One Media Playlist to Rule Them All?

I recently bought a new TV, replacing one from the early 90s. And I went a bit crazy plugging in ALL the things. The trouble is... there's still nothing on! Is there some kind of master TV / movie / media guide I can use to tell me what device or service(s) offer what I want to watch? [more inside]
posted by marylynn at 4:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Where to meet at Cancun Airport

Meeting my daughter at airport in Cancun. She arrives via US Airways at 3:00 PM. I arrive about 4:30 via United. Where is a comfortable place for her to wait for me? Neither of our phones will be working. Is "The Meeting Place" still there? I have found only old references to it. Please suggest an alternative if it is not still there, or if you have a better idea. Thanks
posted by woman at 4:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Funny plugs, funny sockets

Where in SF do I buy (1) a euro-to-US wall plug adapter (US pins, euro holes) (2) a USB cable with a "Korean 20-pin" connector on one end (like the pics in this thread) ?? [more inside]
posted by gijsvs at 3:58 PM PST - 12 comments

television | rules the nation

Setting up a media PC for my television. Already have all the hardware set up, just wondering what kind of software people are using to have a "reasonable television-like experience" with mouse only or wireless xbox360 controller (currently looking in to getting one of these) [more inside]
posted by tehloki at 3:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me get out of this terrible living situation

How legitimate is this lease? (California) [more inside]
posted by garuda at 3:15 PM PST - 15 comments

Doc recommendations in San Diego

Hello So Cal! I need doctor recommendations in the San Diego area. [more inside]
posted by Opal at 2:51 PM PST - 7 comments

What's a good way to share passwords with a team?

What's a good way to share passwords among members of a team? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 2:51 PM PST - 9 comments

Charging A-head: How Much for Language Training Workshops?

Calling all Consultants, Workshop Facilitators, ESL/EFL Teachers, Writing Teachers, Business Writing Teachers, Group Trainers, etc.: I've suddenly happened upon a potential trio of jobs that call for someone to create original curricula, teach English/Business English/ESL, and tailor a "program" for a specific adult audience's needs, usually on a compressed, intensive time-frame. This has *potentially* opened up a long-desired way of branching into other versions of my long-time metiers. But I have questions, many questions, chief of which is how much? [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue at 2:47 PM PST - 5 comments

But you're hurting me!

How (specifically) do people in successful relationships let an intimate partner know when he is being insensitive and hurtful? [more inside]
posted by sockratties at 2:27 PM PST - 40 comments

Looking for recipe software for OS Lion/Windows 7

Looking for the best recipe management software that will run on either Mac OS Lion or Windows 7 (I have Parallels and Windows 7 installed on my Mac). [more inside]
posted by creepygirl at 2:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Show Me The Giants

Research help: Hope me understand the world of the SF Giants baseball fan. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 2:06 PM PST - 32 comments

Remote access a Snow Leopard Server

My boss wants me to set up remote access to our OSX (Snow Leopard) server. What is the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by chairish at 1:34 PM PST - 5 comments

stylist with "curly scissors" in Southern New Jersey

Help me find a replacement hair stylist with "curly scissors" in Southern New Jersey. [more inside]
posted by tigrrrlily at 1:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Truck bells?

What's the deal with these bell-like things on the bumper of this van? [more inside]
posted by rivenwanderer at 12:52 PM PST - 4 comments

There's no way Zara and H&M have wiped out the entire shopping industry

Where do all the "normal" people shop in Moscow? The only places that I've found are glitzy marble malls with Western brands and inflated prices... looking for not just clothing, but (open) markets to wander around selling random day to day items, crafts, etc. Also, not necessarily with a purpose to shop but to also just immerse with local day to day living. I've been scouring the internet to find markets where local people shop, but it seems like there was a huge crackdown last year by the government and now everything's been closed. [more inside]
posted by peachtree at 12:51 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I disable the media buttons on my Dell Studio XPS 1645

How do I disable the media buttons on my Dell Studio XPS 1645 notebook? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow at 12:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me with my networking skills--I need to get over my reluctance to ask people for help in my job hunt.

Help me with my networking skills--I need to get over my reluctance to ask people for help in my job hunt. [more inside]
posted by raynax at 12:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Blank Faced

(OS X Lion) Why won't my 'ye olde' webcam work with FaceTime? [more inside]
posted by run"monty at 12:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Which luggage, 26 to 30", has the optimum specifications, starting with being lightweight, stable wheels and handles, up to $200 max, and is durable?

Which luggage, 26 to 30", has the optimum specifications, starting with being lightweight, stable wheels and handles, up to $200 max, and is durable? [more inside]
posted by Tziv at 12:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Babysitting 5 year olds.. what to do?

Tips for babysitting two 5 year old boys? [more inside]
posted by fuzzysoft at 12:13 PM PST - 17 comments

Are quartz heaters just hype eaters?

Do these newfangled quartz infared "Amish" space heaters actually do anything new and better? Or is it all just hype? [more inside]
posted by brenton at 12:03 PM PST - 17 comments

How can Consumer reports keep companies from quoting their ratings?

How can Consumer reports keep companies from quoting their ratings? [more inside]
posted by bensherman at 11:54 AM PST - 18 comments

Is running + yoga + swimming enough?

I want to lose weight and improve my running speed. Is running + yoga + swimming enough? [more inside]
posted by Brittanie at 11:52 AM PST - 23 comments

On-the-job skills that translate to freelance career

Next up in my continuing series of "what career" questions...As I face transitioning from my independent, location-free, freelance career into a "real" job, one of the things that keeps me from curling up in a ball and crying as often as I might is the thought that maybe I can learn some new, in-demand, valuable things in whatever I do and someday return to freelancing/contracting/owning my own business with more to offer and better prospects of making a living. Does anyone have some thoughts or resources to suggest for choosing a career that might give me skills or knowledge that would be in-demand and saleable in the self-employed world? [more inside]
posted by SampleSize at 11:46 AM PST - 2 comments

Not as good as you think

Lots of people, even high school guidance counselors, think certain educational paths offer great, solid job prospects, but they actually don't at all. The general public is mostly unaware of that. What are these educational paths and jobs? [more inside]
posted by cairdeas at 11:41 AM PST - 32 comments

. Little Granny

My grandmother is dying. She is on life support and will be taken off on Monday night. Should I take my 13 yo in to see her? [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 at 11:28 AM PST - 74 comments

How do we bulk shop, and where?

Bulk shopping: Amazon or Costco and other questions too... [more inside]
posted by griphus at 11:20 AM PST - 45 comments

Memphis, Where the Old Time Jam at?

Yes, I'm burning my question on this: Hi Memphis, TN, is there any old-time music jams happening Friday through Tuesday nights? Preferably Sunday/Monday nights? [more inside]
posted by circle_b at 11:08 AM PST - 7 comments

I have a .es domain with Godaddy that I'd like to transfer to Dreamhost, which now supports .es domains. If you have done this, can you tell me how you did it?

I have a .es domain with Godaddy that I'd like to transfer to Dreamhost, which now supports .es domains. If you have done this, can you tell me how you did it? [more inside]
posted by Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night at 10:55 AM PST - 1 comment

Pimp my ELISA plate

Calling all protein scientists! When coating an ELISA plate with a target protein, how does the coating buffer pH specifically effect the coating efficiency? [more inside]
posted by Dr. ShadowMask at 10:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Google Voice 301: Complicated office voice mail transfers

Can I use Google Voice as follows: right now, person calls in to main office number and gets a recording (for X press 1, for Y press 2, for A press 3, and for B press 4) and upon choosing an extension that phone rings and if not answered goes into that extension's VM box. Can I forward this somehow so that each extension rings to a different Voice number? [more inside]
posted by mrs. taters at 10:48 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I deal with abuse my girlfriend is going through?

Girl I am dating just admitted to me that her family was abusive and her older brother is still abusive towards her. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:47 AM PST - 30 comments

Did they forget to do the laundry?

Missed the game itself, but noticed that in yesterdays outing the Lakers were wearing their home gold and the Heat were wearing black with the game in Miami. Why?
posted by drpynchon at 10:11 AM PST - 3 comments

When did library stacks open?

My university has a relatively large number of libraries. The oldest ones were obviously designed to have closed stacks. In other words, a patron would submit a request for a particular book to the staff who would, in turn, retrieve it from the stacks and deliver it to the patron. The newest library with that design opened circa the 1930s. Then, at some point, library architecture philosophy changed and campus libraries built in the 1970s and later were obviously designed to have open stacks. The older libraries have been converted to open use. Library science and architecture types, I ask you: When did this change, which appears on my experience to be a nearly universal characteristic of library design, occur? And why?
posted by LastOfHisKind at 10:05 AM PST - 19 comments

Spotlight on my ignorance!

Can you explain to me how the lighting works for your average touring rock club show? Two specific examples for you to consider inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 10:01 AM PST - 10 comments

Two career paths diverged in a company, and I -

I’m seeking new opportunities at my company, and two very different departments have expressed interest. Neither department knows I’m talking to the other. Need some advice on navigating this… [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:00 AM PST - 4 comments

Sump pump recommendation needed

Need a recommendation for a sump pump - preferably one with a battery backup. [more inside]
posted by exhilaration at 9:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Will fit statistical models for food (and additional money for rent and whatnot)

I've been focusing on getting a tenure-track academic position for a long time, but I feel like it's foolish not to be looking elsewhere for work, too. What jobs might I be a (reasonably) good applicant for? (relevant personal details below the fold) [more inside]
posted by noahpoah at 9:28 AM PST - 14 comments

Banjos and beards and rivers, oh my!

I'd like to attend Wakarusa with a press pass. Hope me not look a fool when applying, will you? [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame at 9:27 AM PST - 2 comments

Health insurance for vagabonds?

Health insurance for vagabonds? (How can I purchase health insurance when I'm in between fixed addresses/states?) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Whatever happened to bulletin boards?

What is the most effective way to create an email list (for use by diverse senders with different email domains) and an easily accessed blog for postings by multiple users? [more inside]
posted by Clyde Mnestra at 8:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Who is Weinberg?

Book-filter: Used to have a list of quotes by someone named "Weinberg". Predates Gerald Weinberg but many of he quotes were computer-related and from the '60s! Who is Weinberg? [more inside]
posted by Man with Lantern at 8:29 AM PST - 5 comments

Teaching challenges for computer classes

I've been asked to teach some basic computer skills classes to people who are unfamiliar with computers. I have the content laid out relatively clearly, but I don't know how best to do whole group instruction in this context. In particular, I am looking for advice on how to avoid having students do something unexpected (like accidentally clicking the mouse and deactivating a selection) that would require me to walk over to the individual student's computer and troubleshoot with him or her while the rest of the class is waiting. [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek at 8:26 AM PST - 15 comments

Tenses without English equivalents?

Tenses without English equivalents? [more inside]
posted by Trurl at 8:21 AM PST - 25 comments

proxy authorization with oauth

When implementing OAuth2, is it possible to pass authorization to a second client, similar to proxy authentication in CAS? [more inside]
posted by Nothing at 8:14 AM PST - 0 comments

How best to run for my life.

I am participating in Run for Your Lives (previously) in Atlanta in March. Can anyone who has participated in one of these events tell me what to expect? [more inside]
posted by ND¢ at 8:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Talk to me about project management training in Boston.

Does anyone have experience with UMass's Practical Project Management course? Did you take it online or F2F, and how successful was it in teaching you PM skills? Do you have any other suggestions for obtaining PM skills in the greater Boston area? [more inside]
posted by athenasbanquet at 8:06 AM PST - 3 comments

Storytelling for fun and profit

Freelance Audio book narration: has anybody here had success doing it? Looking for tips, experiences, and best practices. [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 8:03 AM PST - 1 comment

Image Merge With Layout Control

I'm trying to determine if there is an easier way than using Excel/Word to do a layout image merge from a database. Windows 7 standard Office Suite or freeware preferred. [more inside]
posted by meinvt at 7:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Smarter than dumb, but dumber than smart

Is there a feature phone with a good email interface? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 7:53 AM PST - 9 comments

Cheap glasses in Chicago?

Cheap eyeglasses in person in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by a robot made out of meat at 7:09 AM PST - 9 comments

Protector of the Pleasure Principle

Some questions about how to recreate a funky Parliament sound with either modern day instruments or .vsts or something. [more inside]
posted by to sir with millipedes at 6:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Less Unethical Earphones

Where can I find earphones not made in China? Recommendations please. [more inside]
posted by ServSci at 6:04 AM PST - 6 comments

So I ordered it, paid for it, it's been shipped, but now I realize that it's not exactly what I wanted. What next?

I just bought a 32 GB Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, despite the fact that I was trying to buy a 32 GB Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with 3G. What now? Return it and get what I wanted, or root my phone, save some cash, and move on? [more inside]
posted by Blue_Villain at 5:52 AM PST - 9 comments

So no one told you life was gonna be this way...

Please recommend mindlessly relaxing American sitcoms to me along the lines of How I Met Your Mother, Community, New Girl, Happy Endings etc. I'm currently under massive amounts of stress and these are the only things that help me relax. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 4:00 AM PST - 66 comments

Name that plant

Please identify my mams plant from a photo. [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 3:19 AM PST - 5 comments

Why Bambi should've used birth control: a dimly remembered cautionary tale.

I can recall a text-book case of introducing a species (deer) into a new environment, where a lack of natural predators caused a population boom, followed by local extinction. I remember most of the details but I can't find the actual cite. Please help! [more inside]
posted by ianso at 1:15 AM PST - 4 comments

January 19

Persnickety Travel Planning

Birthday trip + picky girlfriend = need for all the advice metafilter can offer! I plan to take my girlfriend on vacation for her birthday, but am having trouble finding the perfect place that meets her characteristics for the perfect vacation. Persnickety details below... [more inside]
posted by slide at 10:55 PM PST - 35 comments

Where can my wife read heartwarming news stories on a regular basis?

Every other night or so, my wife pokes around the internet for heartwarming news stories. But she doesn't have any reliable source for this process (she's taken to reading the Daily Mail (!) in hopes of finding her glurge fix; but of course the stories are as likely to rend her heart as warm it). She needs a reliable place on the internet to go for her heartwarmth. Please hope her! [more inside]
posted by Jpfed at 10:29 PM PST - 25 comments

How to get this train(ing) on(the)line?

A friend of mine has a training program that is normally delivered to groups in person. They would now like to make the program available to individuals as an online self-study program. What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by it's a long way to south america at 10:24 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me make sense of the facebook

I'm in charge of inviting people to Facebook events for a small nonprofit. We've started tracking the number of people that say they are going and maybe going on Facebook vs. the number of people who actually show up to the event. It looks like of the people that say they are going or maybe going to an event about 50% actually show up. Is this a normal show up rate? Has anyone done statistical study on this kind of data? [more inside]
posted by gregr at 9:04 PM PST - 19 comments

Unlocked ATA boxes driving me crazy

Internet Telephony using unlocked ATA boxes ---- it's 2012 , is this even doable yet? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 8:57 PM PST - 9 comments

Office politics for dummies

How do I position myself for an internal job change when no job has been posted? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:51 PM PST - 3 comments

Regrets, I've had a few...

Does anyone remember a blog post (possibly on a personal finance blog) about what people of a certain age wish they had known at a previous age? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 8:30 PM PST - 2 comments

Anyone remember short interstital cartoons from the early 80's?

I remember watching a short cartoon (which was probably an interstitial cartoon between shows). I want to say it appeared on the Showtime network. It had a red 'squiggle'.. basically an upside down 'V' as legs as the protagonist. I believe part of it was in a castle. It's been ~30 years since I've seen this (and I was a little tyke at the time) but I remember enjoying it greatly. I don't remember the plot, but I get the general impression that it was not of US origin... And if I had to guess, I'd say European/French was probably it's provenance. (Although I can't say for certain whether that's just me misremembering bits of it)
posted by dvf1976 at 8:05 PM PST - 3 comments

Second Mortgage or HELOC?

For a short-term (3-5 years), which is better: a HELOC or a second mortgage? [more inside]
posted by jacob at 7:57 PM PST - 8 comments

chop off the hand to save the arm?

Relationship advice: Boyfriend will be relocated soon. Should I break it off before I become too attached? [more inside]
posted by polywomp at 7:45 PM PST - 18 comments

I build all the things!

Cool Science Construction Projects! After I've built my Dobsonian telescope, machined my Gingery workshop, and constructed my Farnsworth fusion reactor, what do I do next? [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky at 7:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Is it really possible to change careers later in life?

Is it really possible to change careers later in life? Can some older and wiser folks give me some perspective and much needed reassurance? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels at 7:36 PM PST - 22 comments

Help with Cloud Storage Solution

I would like to be able to access files on my mapped network drive remotely on my ipad. In particular, I would like to access entire folders of files that change somewhat on a weekly basis in places where I may not be able to get internet access or do not want to wait for a download. There does not seem to be a product that offers these features. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by 2legit2quit at 7:35 PM PST - 4 comments

Path to Adulthood

What are important things that every adult should have? What are important things that adults should be able to do? In other words: what should I do, what do I need to have, and what life skills should I learn in order to become more of an adult? [more inside]
posted by livinglearning at 7:26 PM PST - 58 comments

Should I go see KRS-One?

KRS-One is touring. I've never heard his stuff, but I'm aware of his reputation. In 2012, is he still worth checking out live? Or is he a hollow shell of his former self, and I should stick to his studio releases from yesteryear?
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 7:19 PM PST - 10 comments

This week, on Tiny House!

The world's tiniest 2-bedroom with three people and a dog. I shouldn't, right? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 7:10 PM PST - 13 comments

How to create an album on a Facebook fan page?

I just created a fan page for my photography. Naturally I'd like to add some photos but I can't seem to figure out how. If I click on photos, there's an album for the profile picture, but I can only change that photo; not add to it. There's no option to create a new album. Am I missing something? [more inside]
posted by Joseppi at 7:09 PM PST - 2 comments

Suitable monologue for witty art student character?

Auditioning for an indie film! I'm a total newbie who had the silly idea of giving it a shot. There's no specific request for a monologue, but since it's my first time auditioning, I thought I better prepare something or have something to practice with, at least. Please help me find a suitable monologue for the character I'm auditioning for. [more inside]
posted by drea at 7:05 PM PST - 12 comments

What bag is the best one for me?

What is the most ergonomic way to carry around a bunch of stuff for work? I'd like to avoid using a wheeled cart if possible! [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 6:58 PM PST - 13 comments

Graduate School or Possible Promotion?

Graduate school versus possible promotion? [more inside]
posted by Rinoia at 6:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Black with Brown

Everyone says don't wear brown shoes with black pants, but could it ever work? [more inside]
posted by little_c at 6:51 PM PST - 23 comments

How does reporting to child welfare authorities work in Ontario?

Question about reporting a family to child protection services in Ontario. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:51 PM PST - 14 comments

comedy radio show reccs

Just discovered Sarah Haskins' 'Target Women' and I love it. The comedic style reminds me of Jon Stewart's The Daily Show. Are there any radio shows that have similar humor to her videos/TDS? [more inside]
posted by bluelight at 6:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Who was that 1980s stand-up comic?

Who was that 1980s stand-up comic? [more inside]
posted by JanetLand at 6:29 PM PST - 16 comments

Testing and Adjusting Water for Bread Baking

A would-be bread baker in northern Westchester county complains about lousy results, and says he suspects the local water. So: he's wondering how to test (and, if necessary, adjust) PH and mineral content. Any suggestions of ways to get started without paying big bucks to labs? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 5:25 PM PST - 27 comments

Is the a third option?

How can I reconcile a vote for Obama given his human rights mis-steps? [more inside]
posted by Tha Race Card at 5:00 PM PST - 49 comments

don't wanna be that creepy guy...

Stumbled across a potential relationship on the interwebz but due to snowflake details it might be a bit creepy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:58 PM PST - 35 comments

Needed: Video editing program that will allow me to do simple moving pan / zoom.

Needed: Video editing program that will allow me to do simple moving pan / zoom. [more inside]
posted by ryker at 4:48 PM PST - 3 comments

What kind of dog am I?

Dog detectives, use your discerning eye to help us identify our mystery mutt's breed. [more inside]
posted by Lieber Frau at 4:46 PM PST - 20 comments

Can you recommend a protective cream that's good for my skin type?

It's been colder than usual here lately (below freezing) and my face is quite red, probably from exposure. I'd like to find a cream I can put on before I go out to protect my face. I have very pale, somewhat sensitive skin that breaks out easily, and is not normally dry. I usually wash my face with Dr. Bronner's once a day and I don't wear makeup. Can you recommend a protective cream that's good for my skin type?
posted by smilingtiger at 4:41 PM PST - 28 comments

Freight Transport and Logistics Lectures

Recommendations for interesting/inspiring lectures on the topic of freight transport, and logistics? [more inside]
posted by travellingincognito at 4:41 PM PST - 5 comments


Name this Bill Plympton cartoon! [more inside]
posted by palindromic at 4:37 PM PST - 2 comments

Bringing a baby to a wake?

Is it appropriate to bring my 3-month old to a wake? [more inside]
posted by kosmonaut at 4:23 PM PST - 26 comments

Animated clip of Plato's Cave?

Trying to find a recent film that featured a few-minute-long animated version of Plato's Allegory of the Cave. [more inside]
posted by jabes at 4:23 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking for a large (48-64 oz) stainless mug/cup, pref double-wall

Looking for a large (48-64 oz) stainless steel mug/cup, preferably double-walled. I'd like something that's stainless on the inside, not plastic. Most stainless cups/mugs are about 16 oz or so (way too small), and many are stainless outside but plastic inside. Thanks for suggestions.
posted by Tom Blees at 4:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Need to find software to make amazing art

I need to find some "visual DJ software" - complicated, tho, see below [more inside]
posted by smad at 4:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Open phone cover for a Galaxy s2 Herculese T989

My ebay-jitsu is failing me. I am looking for 2 separate covers for a Samsung Galaxy S2 (Hercules T989). Can you find this one and this one on ebay or Amazon? These are covers with the bottom part open.
posted by furious at 4:12 PM PST - 2 comments

Quit my job and join Americorps?

I'm thinking of quitting my job to join Americorps, a program where you volunteer for a non-profit for a year and get paid a small living stipend. Am I completely out of my mind? Here's my background. I graduated from a small liberal arts college with a degree in a social science about 6 years ago and took an office job just to be able to pay my student loans and get health insurance. [more inside]
posted by aka_anon at 4:05 PM PST - 14 comments

Please help me identify a vintage perfume.

Please help me identify a vintage perfume. [more inside]
posted by Addlepated at 4:04 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I find a landline on short notice?

Where might I go to gain the use of a landline for an hour or so during normal business hours? [more inside]
posted by indubitable at 3:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me make the best, most interesting, hummus ever!

Give me your best hummus recipes and flavorings ever, for my hummus challenge! [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad at 3:50 PM PST - 31 comments

No previously riced out cars please. I'm not going to buy your lowered Honda with "after market" exhaust

Best cheap used car to buy in Southern California for under 3500? [more inside]
posted by Arbac at 3:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Please help me remember a cartoon

This has been bugging me forever. Please help me remember an eighties era cartoon. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger at 3:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Self-hosted Tumblr?

Is there a CMS that works much like Tumblr that I can install on my own server space? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 3:13 PM PST - 13 comments

Name That Eunuch

Seeking a name for a comedy castrato character in a Hogarthian project. [more inside]
posted by Pallas Athena at 2:28 PM PST - 10 comments

Accessories with this dress?

What shoes and earrings should I wear with this dress? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 2:22 PM PST - 19 comments

Turn your head and cough, maggot!

Attention all military personnel! I'm enlisting in the Marine Corps and will likely be sent to the local MEPS in the next month or so. What should I expect? [more inside]
posted by troll at 2:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Keeping it on the d/l..for the time being

I'm super private about my dating life. I'm also about to throw out my one dating rule about not dating within the circle (of friends). I rather keep things to ourselves for awhile and not announce to everyone we're seeing each other. How do I have this conversation with my date? [more inside]
posted by vilandra at 2:01 PM PST - 14 comments

Why can't we just all get along?

How do I navigate this potentially dramatic work/friends situation? Snowflakes and a long backstory ahead. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:36 PM PST - 15 comments

another career help question

I really, really dislike my job. I love analyzing, planning, following through every detail, figuring out a puzzle, and making the best possible recommendations. I've been told that I am amazing as an advisor to help others improve, whether it's their businesses (products, services, existing processes), their future (career advice, resume/interview help, personal crisis, financial planning/problems), or themselves (personal issues, conflicts with other, relationships, outlook on life). What industries, career paths, or companies can I go into that is a better fit for me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Low and slow is not just for sex

Need to buy a slowcooker crockpot. What brands and models? [more inside]
posted by jadepearl at 1:35 PM PST - 24 comments

Short but awesome kids' shows

What are the best kids' shows for ages 6-12? [more inside]
posted by QryHavoq at 1:34 PM PST - 11 comments

don't say craigslist

i am looking for an apartment and don't want to use craigslist. can you recommend anything but craigslist? [more inside]
posted by skwint at 1:18 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me connect my speakers!

I just bought two Yamaha MSP3 speakers......no cables were provided! Help me connect them. [more inside]
posted by swisspotter at 12:53 PM PST - 3 comments

I am boring, make my hair interesting.

Help me get a hipster/punk/androgynous/whateveryouwanttocallit hair cut in New York, please! [more inside]
posted by (Over) Thinking at 12:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Enrich my life!

what "life adventures" are easier to achieve than people would think? What are the practical steps one must follow to experience "awesome stuff"? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 12:32 PM PST - 33 comments

What can I cook with this sherry?

Does anyone have good recipes for using up a partial bottle of sherry? [more inside]
posted by brilliantine at 12:29 PM PST - 12 comments

midi synth

Can I use something besides the Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth to play midi files in Windows? [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 at 12:16 PM PST - 2 comments

Tax Me

Where can I find taxonomies of the everything? [more inside]
posted by simpleton at 11:57 AM PST - 15 comments

Snowblower, go die.

It's supposed to snow tonight, last time it snowed in the middle of the night I got woken up at 5:30AM by a large industrial snowblower from the luxury condos across the street. [more inside]
posted by pwally at 11:53 AM PST - 13 comments

DC area scanner for slides?

Where in the DC-VA area could we scan a large quantity of slides? [more inside]
posted by PussKillian at 11:43 AM PST - 4 comments

You know what a panda has for lunch? They have bamboo. Pretty, pretty panda.

Help my unlucky bamboo: weird yellow leaf on an otherwise healthy plant [more inside]
posted by halseyaa at 11:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Partying Like It's 1995

What are the best sports bars and other places to watch the Giants vs. 49ers game in the city? I've recently moved back to California and into San Francisco after eight years living in the Midwest & East Coast, and want to watch the game with other fans. [more inside]
posted by Gori Girl at 11:38 AM PST - 7 comments

What are the iconic maps/cartography to come from the RPG/fantasy/MMO genre?

RPG/Fantasy/MMO maps and cartography: There's quite a bit out there, but who is making/has made the best, most beautiful, or most significant fantasy maps? And which maps are iconic within the genre? [more qualifications inside] [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj at 10:58 AM PST - 17 comments

How does anyone afford dental work?

I need $10,000-$15,000 of dental procedures and I don't have that kind of money. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:52 AM PST - 40 comments

Where did this TV/movie trope originate: the one where someone can no longer play a musical instrument because of a painful past incident....

Where did this TV/movie trope originate: the one where someone can no longer play a musical instrument because of a painful past incident.... [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 10:52 AM PST - 9 comments

Which is the least bad for muscle growth: to drink alcohol before or after exercise?

Which is the least bad for muscle growth: to drink alcohol before or after exercise? [more inside]
posted by neilb449 at 10:47 AM PST - 8 comments

"Need to scan them documents!"

Hivemind: Do you know any respectable/trust-worthy company in North America specialized in document digitizing? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by helloworlditsme at 10:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Calling the US from Europe with Google: free for everyone?

If I use Google Voice from Europe to call someone in the US, does the other person get charged for a long-distance call? Or does the number appear as a US number?
posted by Busoni at 10:19 AM PST - 5 comments

What's your view of Los Angeles?

Where, exactly, on Mulholland Drive is the best place to take one of those iconic nighttime shots of Los Angeles and the valley all lit up? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 10:15 AM PST - 9 comments

Which way to Santa Fe?

DrivingFilter - I will be going on a short road trip from Salt Lake City to Santa Fe via Moab. Which highways road will be the safest and most scenic. [more inside]
posted by burlsube at 10:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Free and easy (not unlike myself ...)

Which free video editor will let me create a music video most easily? [more inside]
posted by troywestfield at 9:53 AM PST - 4 comments

What awesome restaurant should we not miss in LA?

LA Filter: A friend is coming in to town to visit and we are planning on going to The Getty on a Saturday afternoon. It will be near my birthday and her first trip to LA... Where should we go for dinner?
posted by blackkar at 9:37 AM PST - 18 comments

Please tell me I haven't deleted it.

I'm setting up new identities on a MacBook for work, and I accidentally put Microsoft Word in the trash. I pulled it back out and into the Office file, but now it's not working. My colleagues need this computer to travel this afternoon! Hope me? [more inside]
posted by sabotagerabbit at 9:35 AM PST - 18 comments

How do I get hot chocolate out of snow boots?

I dropped hot chocolate down my winter boots. How can I clean them? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque at 9:31 AM PST - 4 comments

Is it possible to resolve a connection issue between our chat server and mobile devices?

We're having issues between our online chat service and clients using mobile devices. I would like some advice/opinions from some tech savvy folks on if there is a possible solution. [more inside]
posted by never used baby shoes at 9:27 AM PST - 2 comments

Or Maybe My Family Is Just Very Strange?

Is 'geewopperjod' a made-up word? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 9:14 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me find a trade

What sort of training program is free and will have me gainfully employed by this summer? [more inside]
posted by myselfasme at 9:10 AM PST - 6 comments

Polling Mefi for a Facebook Poll App

What is the best way for a local business to post a promotional poll/survey on their Facebook profile page? [more inside]
posted by BigLankyBastard at 9:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for low-cost printing

I'm looking for low-cost options for short-run printing. [more inside]
posted by slogger at 8:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Grease is the word

So I've landed myself in a bit of a predicament. Last year my wife had to undergo chemotherapy and was worried about the loss of her hair, so we went out and bought her a wig. I jokingly said that if she didn't need to use it I wear it to a fancy dress party. Thankfully, she didn't need to use it but that has left me having to follow through with the promise. We've now been invited to a fancy dress party and my wife has decided we're going to go as Danny & Sandy from Grease, but with her being Danny and me being Sandy. Looking for ideas of how I get a Sandy 'like' outfit.
posted by lloyder at 7:43 AM PST - 25 comments


How do you go about getting a job fighting wildfires and what does it entail? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:37 AM PST - 16 comments

How to get Blogger links to work?

How to get Blogger/Blogspot links to work? [more inside]
posted by grak88 at 7:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Why instinctually cover my ears instead of turn away?

I've noticed something curious about how I react to unexpected stressful or scary situations . . . my instinctual reaction is always to cover my ears. This is even if something isn't loud and is going to be more visually distressing, like once when I saw a baby launched out of a car seat that was placed precariously in the front section of a grocery store cart. Why do you think I do this? I also find it comforting to fall asleep to a white noise machine, cancel out noises while on an airplane, etc. etc. so I wonder if this is related. No childhood traumas or anything like that, in case relevant.
posted by lovingkindness at 7:09 AM PST - 10 comments

What's the dry weight of my skeleton?

Help me calculate: if my dead body were placed in an ossuary, how much would my skeleton weigh when pretty much fully dessicated? [more inside]
posted by Mngo at 6:41 AM PST - 12 comments

Spending My Time Wisely

I have decided to take a year off from school in order to improve my health (in all aspects). The problem is that I have realized that I have already wasted so much time despite the fact that this new year has just begun. So, my question is: what are some activities that I can do in order to make use of my time despite certain factors? Note: snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:36 AM PST - 13 comments

PhD For Management Experience

How Can I Spin My PhD As Management Experience? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:36 AM PST - 15 comments

what was the name of is short, experimental animation?

What was this short sex film? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:34 AM PST - 3 comments

Rare, interesting, awesome dance tracks needed!

Accidental DJ is on deck - I need alternative/underground/indie/queer dance hits of the last decade, any genre. Help me minimize looking a fool! [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 6:23 AM PST - 31 comments

Should I say something? What?

I don't like how my ex talks to me and I want to say something. Weird/crazy/what should I say? [more inside]
posted by amodelcitizen at 5:47 AM PST - 41 comments

How to deal with a family member who doesn't accept gifts gracefully?

How to deal with a family member who doesn't accept gifts gracefully? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 3:50 AM PST - 42 comments

LibreOffice Impress question

Super n00b question for LibreOffice Impress. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 2:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Eliminating my dream job based on vision concerns?

I'm worried about pursuing my dream job as a graphic novelist because of worsening vision. Can any severely nearsighted artists or others in vision-intensive careers speak to this? [more inside]
posted by iadacanavon at 1:45 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me reverse-engineer some bitstrings

Hackers of MeFi, assemble! I have an undocumented serial protocol I want to reverse engineer - help me turn some mysterious bit strings into meaningful data. [more inside]
posted by larkery at 12:56 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me find more information about Orange Bowl Pizza before things get scary...

My mom hasen't been able to stop thinking about some place called Orange Bowl Pizza since she graduated high school in the 70's. Anyone have any information about them? [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse at 12:36 AM PST - 12 comments

What to show on ambient office displays?

There are several large displays scattered around my office, each mounted near the ceiling with an attached computer. The idea is for people to put up cool stuff that will be visible to the whole office. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by mshrike at 12:04 AM PST - 17 comments

January 18

No more film?

Okay, so Kodak is bankrupt. What does this mean for my beloved Portra and HC-110? [more inside]
posted by ooklala at 11:23 PM PST - 7 comments

well these subtitles don't do a damn thing!

I kindly seek free online video content in Spanish with Spanish subtitles. [more inside]
posted by threeants at 10:32 PM PST - 7 comments

What is some music similar to the Bastion soundtrack?

I've been filling some of my idle time by playing Bastion (previously), and have fallen in love with the soundtrack. I'm pretty sure I remember some thematically similar stuff in Firefly, as well, for what that's worth. The Bastion team have categorized it as "acoustic frontier trip-hop," but since that's a genre that they pretty much just made up, I was hoping that my fellow AskMe folks could point me at other similar music. Special snowflake details after the break. [more inside]
posted by stufflebean at 10:29 PM PST - 12 comments

An Online Writer's Community

Can you recommend a good online literary short fiction writers' community? [more inside]
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 10:09 PM PST - 1 comment

What song has the lyrics "Seek your way and go"?

Another "What's that car commercial song?" question... We've been seeing a VW Passat car commercial lately (Seattle, Wa) and according to Closed Captioning, one of the lines in the mellow background song is "Seek your way and go"... [more inside]
posted by johnstein at 9:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Need B&B in VA for BF BDAY HALP

Help me find a place within 4-5 hours driving distance from DC that I could book a swank-esque hotel/non elderly B&B room* and sweep my boyfriend off his feet for a combined Valentines/birthday funtimesfantastic weekend. *(under $400 for 2 nights) [more inside]
posted by Gonestarfishing at 9:10 PM PST - 15 comments

USB heating component supplier?

Buying USB warming components online ? [more inside]
posted by ayc200 at 8:38 PM PST - 1 comment

How do I ask for more money

How, when, and with whom do I negotiate my salary if I get a job offer? [more inside]
posted by methroach at 8:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Free trip to Seattle for on-site interview: what's there to do in downtown Seattle?

Free trip to Seattle for on-site interview: what's there to do in downtown Seattle? [more inside]
posted by brighteyes7 at 8:07 PM PST - 18 comments

Bribing myself to not skip class with turntables!

This semester I decided that I didn't want to skip class and that I would reward myself if I went to every lecture. Well, yesterday I had the idea of getting a turntable. I know right? Sounds sweet. [more inside]
posted by Strass at 7:53 PM PST - 12 comments

A punny card design, please?

Attention pun lovers! Plant related v-day punchline needed! [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 7:20 PM PST - 21 comments

Which is the best e-mail campaign service?

Which is better: MailChimp, Constant Contact, or [some other option]? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 7:15 PM PST - 8 comments

iPad Disappears from Find my iPhone app

Recovering a lost iPad. This afternoon I suffered the grave misfortune of leaving my relatively new iPad 2 in a seatback pocket on an airplane. When I realized what I had done upon arriving in my hotel room, I immediately called the airline and submitted a report. I also attempted to locate the iPad using the Find My iPhone app. Although the app quickly located my other devices, it could not locate the iPad, presumably because the plane was winging its way to another destination. I ordered a remote lock and a message to be sent to the device as soon as it connects, and I went about changing the passwords for services I had used from the device. I have periodically checked the device over the last few hours to see if it shows up, but a few minutes ago, the iPad disappeared entirely from the list of my devices in the app. What would cause it to disappear? I assume this means I am screwed?
posted by monju_bosatsu at 7:11 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me have a socially and physically active time in Singapore

Working in Singapore for 3 weeks in February. Staying at the Regent hotel near Orchard Road. Where to go to find a coffee shop to relax and read a book? Where to eat a casual dinner without feeling awkward about being alone? Where to find a yoga class? A rock climbing gym? Where to have a cocktail? Also, a hostel or cheap but not sketchy hotel/bed and breakfast recommendation for one night? [more inside]
posted by never.was.and.never.will.be. at 7:08 PM PST - 8 comments

I used to know what teamwork was, but then I took an application to a recruiter...

So what exactly is this mystical power of 'Teamwork'? [more inside]
posted by Fen at 6:52 PM PST - 12 comments

Is my ham going to be too salty to eat?

I'm brining some pork for ham, but I'm beginning to have some doubts about how long I should be brining them. Should I let them sit for the full time, or should I take them out now, if it's not already too late? [more inside]
posted by Ghidorah at 6:32 PM PST - 8 comments

SOPA rationale

Why do non-media companies support SOPA? [more inside]
posted by spbmp at 6:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Decent job or dream job

Should I take a decent job that's a sure thing, or hold out for the dream job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:07 PM PST - 12 comments

benefits of melatonin?

What are the supposed benefits of taking melatonin? Do you take it? How much? Does it work for you? I'm looking for accounts of your experience and recommendations for taking/not taking it. Thanks.
posted by Jenna Brown at 5:14 PM PST - 55 comments

How to sketch in the snow..?

I'm going to be sketching all day in Toronto tomorrow-- and it looks like it's going to be snowing the whole time. How can I keep my papers and notebooks in relatively good condition? [more inside]
posted by onehundredand80 at 5:00 PM PST - 9 comments

My dog just bit my mom :(

My dog has now bit my mom and my grandfather. I'm overwhelmed and I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by whalebreath at 4:54 PM PST - 139 comments

What is the inverse of schadenfreude?

What is the word (not necessarily in English) for feeling acute embarrassment for another person? And in a particular kind of situation... [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 4:51 PM PST - 14 comments

Where does this myth/rumor/fact come from?

Are stylists telling the truth when they say that professional haircolor after drugstore haircolor will literally destroy your hair? [more inside]
posted by nataliedanger at 4:51 PM PST - 16 comments

Sad parents relief

What worked for you when you wanted to keep your control in sad situations? [more inside]
posted by Namlit at 4:48 PM PST - 15 comments

Looking for a legal/technical term, I think...

Brain block: what's the term (if any) for creating a problem, then selling someone the solution to that problem? I swear there's a name for this kind of fraud/scheme but it just won't come to me. [more inside]
posted by sbutler at 4:41 PM PST - 19 comments

Syncing calendars and contacts for the married.

Help my wife and I wrangle our address book full of contacts, phone numbers, and calendars across our two iPhones, two individual Gmails, and a few shared GMail email addresses with Google calendar's each. Plus, we use a shared OSX account. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by wcfields at 4:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Please help me figure out where and how to promote my graphic "art" now that I have a portfolio site.

Please help me figure out where and how to promote my graphic "art" now that I have a portfolio site. [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 4:17 PM PST - 12 comments

Does a AA battery dressed as a C battery work the same as a real C battery?

How do rechargeable AA batteries in C-battery sized spacers (like these) compare to standard C batteries? [more inside]
posted by Xalf at 4:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Best way to set up RSS for a party-paywalled radio show?

I have a question about how best to use RSS feeds for a subscribers-only, paywalled podcast. [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz at 3:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking For Performance Space in Los Angeles

Looking for 150-250 seat venue in Los Angeles [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 3:37 PM PST - 9 comments

What was this song called?

Name this 80s pop-country song! [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight at 3:35 PM PST - 15 comments

Word 2004 to Word 2011

Switching from Word for Mac 2004 to Word for Mac 2011. Formatting and compatibility issues. Really truly clueless. Help? [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 2:54 PM PST - 12 comments

need a primer on forward funding

Can someone give me a quick primer on the MBTA debt crisis? [more inside]
posted by puckish at 2:51 PM PST - 2 comments

To be filed with FEDERAL return

I'm filing my US federal and state tax returns by mail this year. I realized after stamping and sealing one of the envelopes that I mixed up the W-2s, so that the Federal copy (Copy B) is on the state return and vice-versa. Are the names just a formality, or do the Feds really, really need Copy B?
posted by hwyengr at 2:45 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I print a Quicktime movie?

Here's one for the hive mind: I need to print out all of the frames of a Quicktime movie file (on a Mac), each one on a separate piece of paper. I'm not remembering an obvious way to do this, and my Google-fu is coming up empty. Any ideas?
posted by dbiedny at 2:35 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I read signals from someone who doesn't seem to have any?

I'm involved in a new relationship with a guy that I like. He's what I would describe as very self-contained. Quiet, comes off as pretty shy, and requires a bit of effort to get to know. Things have recently started to get physical, but I'm finding myself frustrated because I have no idea how to read this guy's signals and moving things forward is up to me. What does complete silence mean? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:16 PM PST - 30 comments

Lowell to Springfield, MA, traffic?

Massachusetts Travel and Traffic: From Lowell to Springfield in the afternoon/evening. When and where could I potentially hit traffic? [more inside]
posted by la_rousse at 2:06 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I stop sipping?

When I get nervous in social situations, I feel the need to have something to sip on. If it's an alcoholic beverage, I can get over-inebriated. If it's non-alcoholic, I have to make constant trips to the bathroom. I need to break this habit or make it manageable. [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 2:04 PM PST - 28 comments

Uploading to YouTube before I grow old and die

iMovie HD. I am having to upload a lot of 4-5 minute videos to YouTube for a project I'm doing. I need the finished product to be in good resolution once uploaded. If I export them to "full quality," they take almost 6 hours to upload and sometimes fail to process at the end, which is maddening. If I export them to "CD-ROM" quality, they upload a lot faster but the resolution is too poor. Is there a sweet spot in the "Expert Settings" I could use so that they upload in just a couple of hours and still look reasonably clear? Obviously I know next to nothing, so please speak slowly.
posted by HotToddy at 2:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Easy-to-grow, attractive seedlings for wedding favors

I'm getting married in early September. Huzzah! My fiancé and I were originally planning on skipping favors, but we're now considering doing a combined favor/place card—seedlings, based heavily on this. To keep the cost down, we'd like to grow the plants from seeds ourselves, but we're not sure what plants would be best for this kind of project, and we obviously need to limit the chances for failure here. Help us get it right. [more inside]
posted by divisjm at 1:57 PM PST - 17 comments

Creating my own crime map

I want to create a "crime map" of a city over time. I know the dates of the crimes, and I know the physical address. I'd like for the crime map to be something that I could show a crowd in a presentation such that the audience members could witness for themselves how a particular part of the city changed as time went on. I was thinking of Gapminder as the ideal, but spatially and dynamic instead of simply numbers. I suppose it'd be possible to get something up and going with GIS, but I was wanting to do it in a way that was idiot-proof as this is only valuable to me if I can do it easily without a ton of time learning some new program.
posted by scunning at 1:45 PM PST - 3 comments

I would like to change my answer please.

Work Filter: Please help me diplomatically word an email recinding a job offer that I accepted. [more inside]
posted by floweredfish at 1:38 PM PST - 15 comments

Book ideas for my young nieces and nephews.

What are the best books for young kids? I have two nephews and a niece (two 1 year olds and a 5 1/2 year old), and I've resolved to get them books for their birthdays and other gifting holidays. I realize that makes me the lame aunt, but I think it's important to surround them with as many books as they can get their hands on! [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea at 1:21 PM PST - 48 comments

How to go from art to sciences?

How do I go about changing my life/major/degree in a foreign country? (Bonus: I'm not fluent in the language spoken in this country) [more inside]
posted by Trexsock at 1:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Help counting products to ship?

Where can I find something to help me count products I'm shipping? [more inside]
posted by pxharder at 1:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Excel woes - automatic sums including dates?

In Excel, is there an easy way to make the sum of a column automatically ignore cells that contain date information? Also, is there a way to freeze both the top row and first column so they are always visible? [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi at 12:52 PM PST - 14 comments

Basic Javascript Syntax Question

Can you (of all people) help me figure out a javascript syntax issue I'm having? [more inside]
posted by Hypnotic Chick at 12:51 PM PST - 25 comments

How can I get Chapters to hire me?

What's the most effective way to apply for jobs at larger chain stores that have online application services? [more inside]
posted by Carlotta Bananas at 12:51 PM PST - 3 comments

I don't want to play.

Why would someone use my email address for this? [more inside]
posted by fifilaru at 12:40 PM PST - 22 comments

New Job/Quitting Etiquette. Also, I'm Kinda Crazy.

I've been working a shitty shitastic part-time job (somewhat in my field) for the past four months, and today I've received a job offer for an awesome full-time position in entertainment! I'm super excited. Here's the thing: I'm bipolar/ADHD, and I'm not sure how to handle the new job or the job-quitting. [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder at 12:11 PM PST - 10 comments

What's the current best bargain aggregation site on the net?

What's the current best bargain aggregation site on the net, especially for geeky/gadgety stuff? I used to be a big fan of Ben's Bargains, but that seems to have gone downhill, and, while Woot and Groupon and such are fun, they don't include deals from other places. Where should I go for serious shopping (and impulse buys)?
posted by blahblahblah at 11:48 AM PST - 10 comments

Look Mom, Big Ben... Parliament...

Help me plan my mom's first trip to the UK/Ireland. [more inside]
posted by buzzkillington at 11:17 AM PST - 24 comments

Non-streaming Chinese TV online?

Where can I watch non-streaming Chinese TV online? [more inside]
posted by Tom-B at 11:08 AM PST - 10 comments

What are the best ways you've found to make yourself fall asleep?

I am looking for useful tips or tricks to get myself to fall asleep. I figured going to the hive mind would be best for this. [more inside]
posted by lackadaisical at 11:02 AM PST - 63 comments

That time of the semester...

It's time to register for classes again. It is a pain trying to fill in all the time gaps in between classes, or to get them close enough together so I don't waste hours waiting for the next class to start. Is there a calculator out there where you could give them a list of possible classes in each subject so it could formulate the best schedule for me? [more inside]
posted by squirtle at 11:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Online games for two players

What's online or email-based games can I play with a 10 year old who I don't see in person? [more inside]
posted by latkes at 10:55 AM PST - 18 comments

Blech wine additives

When making homemade wine and specifically kits, the clearing of the wine often uses Kieselol followed by Chitosan. One of these adds a flavour to the wine that I absolutely find revolting. What could I use instead? [more inside]
posted by mrgroweler at 10:36 AM PST - 10 comments

I am the worst daughter

I've achieved having an emotionally calm and pleasant daily life for myself, but I'm worried that once my mother passes, I'll forget the reality of our dynamic and feel like a horrible and evil daughter. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:35 AM PST - 22 comments

Debt-free's the way to be

I'm trying to get serious about paying down my student loans and car loans, but I'm not quite sure where to start. [more inside]
posted by chara at 10:19 AM PST - 17 comments

What do reporters mean when they say that someone "declined to speak on the record?"

Help me understand a bit of journalese. When reporters say in an article that someone "declined to speak on the record" (which is a phrase that crops up very often) is the journalist indicating that the person in question was interviewed off the record and that the journalist used these off-the-record statements to write the article?
posted by Kattullus at 10:06 AM PST - 19 comments

pregnancy and gross anatomy

I need to dissect some cadavers in the next few months as a pre-requisite for school, but I may be pregnant. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by DaveZ at 10:02 AM PST - 9 comments

Spit, swallow, or...

Swallowing almost made me vomit. Why, and how can I not? [NSFW] [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune at 9:49 AM PST - 16 comments

What is this plant of fungus?

What is this plant or fungus found in the Catskills of NY? [more inside]
posted by bdc34 at 9:45 AM PST - 2 comments

An "American" Doctor in London?

Looking for an American-style (doesn't have to be actually American!) private family doctor in London. Any suggestions for where/how to look? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:30 AM PST - 4 comments

Need moar food

What can I keep on hand to snack on, that will fill me up? And concurrently, what foods should I be eating that are most filling? [more inside]
posted by trogdole at 9:09 AM PST - 30 comments

Hiking the Grand Canyon via the North Kaibab Trail

Questions about hiking the Grand Canyon -specifically the North Kaibab Trail. Can we hike the 14 miles up in one day? [more inside]
posted by yeti at 9:03 AM PST - 18 comments

How am I supposed to repay a scholarship based on financial need?

How do I solve this? My kid can't go on a school trip that I never paid for; now they're saying I owe the school $3,000. One of my kids is a senior in high school and is active in a select chorus. The chorus director arranged a $3,000 trip to Europe for April break. I wasn't too excited about this trip and initially said no. Because my kids qualify for free lunch, the school said they would arrange a scholarship for her to attend, and based on peer pressure, I reluctantly agreed. [more inside]
posted by kinetic at 8:55 AM PST - 160 comments

i left my heart on catalina

Is it possible to buy or build a house on Catalina island outside of Avalon? [more inside]
posted by luriete at 8:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Travelling to the UK ... bring the iPhone or leave it at home?

I'll be traveling in Scotland and England for a couple of weeks in February, mostly by bus. I'm an inveterate iPhone user, always tweeting, checking-in, posting photos and so on ... but I know that route will lead to financial madness. So what's best to do? I know I can jailbreak, unlock my iPhone, perhaps use another SIM card while traveling, but is the effort worth doing? Is it better to leave the iPhone at home in the US and grab a pay-go smartphone upon arrival in Edinburgh (and if so, how best)? Or do I bring the iPhone and use it via wifi only, hoping I don't slip and fall into a welcoming bit of 3G along the way?
posted by grabbingsand at 8:52 AM PST - 8 comments

Was this a legal move?

In the Wizards-Rockets game on Monday JaVale McGee did a dunk-contest-style dunk in the game. He bounced the ball off the backboard grabbed it and slam dunked it. Is this not traveling? [more inside]
posted by bukvich at 8:43 AM PST - 11 comments

I can't even read enough Chinese to tell if it's Chinese or not.

What does this Japanese (or Chinese?) writing at the top of my dinner bill say?
posted by SemiSophos at 8:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Feeling like a perpetual schadenfreude victim.

Annoyed by annoying coworker...and it's eating me. Help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:08 AM PST - 24 comments

Resources for single mothers in Seattle area?

What resources are available to a pregnant woman with a 1 year old and an autistic 3 year old in the Seattle (eastside) area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:08 AM PST - 12 comments

Business trips when you have a toddler at home

How do you make business travel as painless as possible when you have a toddler at home? [more inside]
posted by agent99 at 8:05 AM PST - 11 comments

Vegetarian Restaurants in Downtown Dallas, TX

I'm headed to Dallas, TX, this weekend. I'm vegetarian. Where should I eat? I will be in the downtown area with no car. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee at 8:03 AM PST - 12 comments

Explain to me why I'm right (or wrong)

Nutrition Filter: A&W Teen burger vs. Subway Club. Similar-ish nutritional information but the Subway Club is a better choice in terms of health.... right? [more inside]
posted by gwenlister at 8:01 AM PST - 21 comments

You are sueing me for what? And who are you to begin with?!

[Germany] I got a letter from court that a Pay TV provider sues me for not paying for their services; a 6 months bill worth over 400 €. Problem: I've never had anything to do with this - or any other - Pay TV provider in my entire life. [more inside]
posted by MinusCelsius at 8:01 AM PST - 10 comments

Need recommendations a custom (?) online video/image portal

I work for an advertising company that sells very high profile ad locations. One of the ways we demonstrate value to our advertisers is collecting and showing them examples of their ads appearing incidentally in TV, film, newspapers, etc. I would like to create an online portal for displaying a rolling chronological archive of these video clips and still images. [more inside]
posted by brbmaroon at 7:54 AM PST - 1 comment

Online examples of excellent company presentations?

Please show me examples of fantastic corporate presenters and presentations that can be watched online. [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 7:45 AM PST - 1 comment

Chicago buildings for running stairs?

What are the best / tallest buildings in downtown Chicago to sneak into and run stairs? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis at 7:14 AM PST - 7 comments


A few years ago I attended a talk on women's wellness in which the speaker referred to the idea that in our male-dominated society, work quality/style is considered superior when the work is cranked out regularly (in the way that men produce sperm all day long), whereas a feminine perspective would be more cyclical (as in the menstrual cycle), with production of work involving periods of contemplation/incubation and rest and less volume of production. Does anyone know the origin or source for this concept? I don't think it was the speaker's original idea. [more inside]
posted by pupstocks at 7:00 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I move this database online?

What's the easiest, most secure way to move this SQL database and its browser-based front end online? [more inside]
posted by infinitywaltz at 6:56 AM PST - 17 comments

impossible math problem

Help me figure out what is going on in this image. [more inside]
posted by DU at 6:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Hauptbahnhof or flughafen?

I'll be spending a Saturday night in Stuttgart, Germany in February. Can you please help me decide where to stay? [more inside]
posted by ootandaboot at 6:21 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me identify the clichéd sound effect used to label locations in certain films and tv shows.

Is there a real world referent for that bleeping typing noise used in some films as a text (usually a location note) appears on the screen? It's a similar thing to that chunka-chunka typing sound used in the X-Files when the location of a new scene would be announced, but it's like a very rapid, high-pitched "beedeebeedeebeedeebeep" sound played while the letters appear. [more inside]
posted by col_pogo at 5:56 AM PST - 20 comments

i am a real person

I have a phoney attitude. Preventing me from connecting with friends. Help [more inside]
posted by philllip at 5:15 AM PST - 18 comments

Can someone help me find a beta (online) version of the old game: Diablo 1.

Can someone help me find a beta (online) version of the old game: Diablo 1. [more inside]
posted by sockpim at 5:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Blog hosting for mom

Help me choose the best place to make a blog for my mom. [more inside]
posted by CautionToTheWind at 4:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Getting started with ads on my website

I'd like to earn money from my website, probably by putting ads on it, but I have no idea how to start... [more inside]
posted by robintw at 2:40 AM PST - 6 comments

Closed Embassy

How can a Libyan travel to China, with the Chinese embassy in Libya closed? [more inside]
posted by BeaverTerror at 1:35 AM PST - 3 comments

January 17

Lookup Table or Lookup Tables

Database lookup tables...one per relationship or a general lookup table? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 8:38 PM PST - 16 comments

Can you translate this Chinese character?

Can someone please translate this character (or characters?) for me? It was written by a Chinese man; unfortunately that is all I know. Thank you!
posted by AONeal79 at 7:53 PM PST - 19 comments

How to help/contact a long distance friend with mental illness?

I have a dear old friend who lives on the other side of the country. He has a history of moderate paranoia/schizophrenia, and he was incarcerated for about a year as the result of an episode of illness. He's disconnected his phone, and I'm trying to figure out how to get in contact with him. [more inside]
posted by mikeand1 at 7:22 PM PST - 18 comments

Around the World Musical Odyssey...

So a year travelling from one music festival to another starting in May,2012. What not to miss? Exotic countries and HUGE festivals a plus. What would be the dream itinerary for 2012? [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde at 7:13 PM PST - 24 comments

I don't want to mute this conversation.

My cursor (or some sneaky internal laptop thing) clicks on things I don't want. It has a mind of its own. Help me control it! [more inside]
posted by sucre at 7:05 PM PST - 13 comments

Fear of flying and medication - need creative solutions.

Help me overcome my fear of being on an airplane (not flying) using creative methods. Very specific details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:04 PM PST - 15 comments

Mefi, am I getting screwed over in this landlord/roommate situation?

Mefi, am I getting screwed over in this landlord situation? [more inside]
posted by blue rare at 7:03 PM PST - 21 comments

Bum switch? Or worse?

Did I get a bad box of light switches, or is something else amiss? [more inside]
posted by SquidLips at 6:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Insider look at life as a city bus driver?

I am writing a fictional work in which there is a character who is a city bus driver. Can anyone shed some light on the details of this type of work that I wouldn't know from just being a bus passenger? What's it really like? Thanks.
posted by baltimoregirl at 6:23 PM PST - 12 comments

Graduation ideas for my brother?

My brother graduates from high school this summer. I want to get him some fun gifts that will keep him entertained and might also help him navigate the post-HS waters. More about him inside. Gift ideas appreciated. [more inside]
posted by riddler at 6:08 PM PST - 13 comments

Dirtbag climber wannabe, looking for somewhere to live!

I'd like to dirtbag (AKA, camping in an area for extended periods of time) somewhere this summer, preferably somewhere with nearby access to rock climbing. Where do I go, and how do I do it? [more inside]
posted by pyrom at 6:06 PM PST - 12 comments

Asbestos questions: renovating 1972 home

Some questions about asbestos: We are buying a home outside of Birmingham, AL that was built in 1972. It appears that it hasn't been renovated inside since it was built, and we are planning on ripping up carpet, retiling the kitchen, removing wallpaper, and painting. [more inside]
posted by mondotwistedmojo at 5:56 PM PST - 7 comments

The case of the vanishing emails

Emails containing a certain domain name are going missing. How can we fix this now and prevent it in the future? [more inside]
posted by ssg at 5:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Will I pass a drug test?

Am I going to pass this damn drug test? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:23 PM PST - 20 comments

What are your very favorite songs - songs you can listen to over and over again?

Need more music. What are your very favorite songs - songs you can listen to over and over again? [more inside]
posted by kdern at 4:39 PM PST - 81 comments


PaperFilter, 14 PT Paper in g/m2 ? [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc at 4:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I get a cheap paint job for my motorcycle in San Diego?

Where in San Diego can I get a simple paint job for my motorcycle for a relatively cheap price? [more inside]
posted by farce majeure at 4:20 PM PST - 2 comments

Coat Lust

Help me find this coat! [more inside]
posted by krakenattack at 4:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Between a rock and a hard place?

New Job Filter: My references provided negative feedback, OR I'm possibly being nit-picked by new job's HR? WTF. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:04 PM PST - 15 comments

general contracting experience

I really need to sit down with a General Contractor, or Architect, to get a better understanding of estimating, bids, and contracts. I'd pay for the time, since it really is consulting, and I respect their busy time. Have contacted SCORE here in NY, but no result from it yet. I know a few GCs working on a small, residential level; but it would be inappropriate for me to approach them cause we may be working together. Have tried to ask some questions here on Meta, but they are too specific. A book, or reference won't do it. I need real, current info. Any ideas?
posted by ebesan at 4:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Books in lieu of couples counseling

I'm looking for book recommendations for couples, in lieu of couples therapy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:03 PM PST - 13 comments

What is this grassy crap in the spinach?

Has anyone else noticed that in loose-leaf packages of spinach from the store there's often a few leaves of a grass-like green in with them? What are they, and why do they go bad so fast? [more inside]
posted by gusandrews at 3:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Which county is right for me?

In which county should I locate my New York state LLC? Does it matter? Details inside... (and let's get this out of the way: I know you are not my lawyer) [more inside]
posted by cvp at 3:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Still hurting

Tips for coping with day-to-day life and a herniated disc? [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 at 3:28 PM PST - 14 comments

More camera headaches.

Is it possible to remotely access an Airport Extreme base station over the Internet to discover its IP address? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 3:02 PM PST - 12 comments

How Do I Use a 3-terrabyte Drive in Windows?

What's the story with Windows and big disks? Specifically, Windows 7 and a 3tb drive. I've read what Microsoft and others say about using large drives with Windows 7. I gather it works. However, I haven't found a how-to guide that actually spells out how to get the thing done. In my case, it would not be the boot drive. I'd boot off an SSD and use the 3tb drive for storage. How can I do a clean install on that? I've tried and Windows doesn't see all of the 3tb drive. (The GPT format option is greyed out.) Then, if I get Windows to recognize the 3tb drive, can I partition it into multiple logical drives? So, for example, the SSD would be C: and I'd split the big drive into D: and E: . Doable?
posted by justcorbly at 3:00 PM PST - 12 comments


I'm thinking of building a terrarium to combine the excitement of cultivation and microcontroller/control systems hacking. What are some interesting organisms to grow in a terrarium that would justify elaborate control of lighting, humidity, and temperature?
posted by phrontist at 2:57 PM PST - 12 comments

I mixed business and friendship, and live to regret it.

I rented an apartment owned by a friend (big mistake). She hasn't maintained the apartment and now I'm unsure how I should handle the situation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:52 PM PST - 15 comments

Why is Uncle Sam doing this to me?

I have been doing my taxes for myself for a long time; late few years have done Turbo Tax on line. Very simple income, not much in the way of deductions, some 401k contributions thru my employer etc. I have never had to pay Federal Income Taxes albeit the refunds have fluctuationed over the years. [more inside]
posted by shaarog at 2:48 PM PST - 10 comments

What am I in for with Best Buy?

I purchased a couple of monitors recently from Best Buy to use with my Macbook Pro running Lion. I returned them to get larger monitors. The larger monitors kind of suck, and text looks horrible on them, despite all of the color calibration and terminal codes that Google has suggested. I want to return these as well and just go back to my old monitor, but I'm afraid returning this many monitors in this short amount of time will make me look like the crazy monitor returning man. Can anyone tell me what I'm likely in for? Anonymous because I am, for some reason, embarrassed by having to ask this question.
posted by anonymous at 2:22 PM PST - 11 comments

I can feel it....

I can feel my wife's IUD during intercourse. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:21 PM PST - 26 comments

Why does Firefox 9 s*ck so much?

I "upgraded" (sic) to Firefox 9 and now cannot do the most basic things I am used to doing. [more inside]
posted by parrot_person at 2:17 PM PST - 16 comments

How to move out of parents house?

How to move out of parents house when your attending college with no money or job? I don't have clear goal in what I want to do. [more inside]
posted by Parh6512 at 2:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Plan: first get teaching experience, then learn to be a better educator

career filter:I am thinking of switching biotech research job to a teaching job and would really appreciate any advice and input to my situation. [more inside]
posted by akomom at 2:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Quality essays or investigative pieces about pyramid schemes?

Quality essays or investigative pieces about pyramid schemes? [more inside]
posted by Cwell at 2:03 PM PST - 6 comments

What have I done to my shoulder?

What the hell did I do to my shoulder? All the details (as many as I can type) inside. [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead at 1:47 PM PST - 8 comments

You're a kitty!

I really want a cat. I've been wanting a cat for about six years now. My life has certain complications that makes this decision somewhat difficult. Help me decide. [more inside]
posted by Phire at 1:45 PM PST - 61 comments

Dubstep 10Wobble?

Tell me what I need to know about dubstep. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 1:43 PM PST - 25 comments

Eww, mold/mildew in my shoes! Please help!

Ewww, my summer sandals (technically a water shoe) have visible mildew or mold in them! Help me fix this. Plus, now I'm paranoid about all my shoes and I physically can't smell. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla at 1:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Poop here not there

I've seen questions on this before, but I have specific details that might make my question unique. My dog (a miniature poodle) has a doggy door and until 3 or 4 months ago we let her have unsupervised access to the backyard. Unfortunately, she decided she didn't like getting her feet wet by going on the grass and started going on the patio. At which point I launched operation supervised poop. [more inside]
posted by bananafish at 1:25 PM PST - 4 comments

A is for Android

What are some good educational Android apps for a 5 year old? Particularly ones involving reading or number skills.
posted by Artw at 1:11 PM PST - 3 comments

What's your favorite line from "The Simpsons"

My fiance and I are throwing a Simpsons-themed party not this not this Saturday but the next one. We're looking for 20-25 great lines/quotes from the show to use in the making of 20-25 custom T-shirts, each with a different quote on it. My favorite line comes courtesy of Homer: "Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand" Would love to hear others' favorites as well. Many thanks
posted by BadgerDoctor at 1:08 PM PST - 193 comments

The Childless Dating Those With Children

I'm currently seeing a man who has children, and this is my first experience with such a situation. It's new, so I've only just started asking the important questions, i.e., why did you divorce in the first place, how long have you been divorced, how is your relationship with your ex, are you both at peace with how it ended? etc. Everything seems to check out so far, but I know it would be foolish to think I won't encounter some unique problems if things get serious. [more inside]
posted by CXXVII at 12:47 PM PST - 27 comments

[android app filter] Can you recommend an app that will let me bookmark places to visit later?

Is there an app that will tag bars and restaurants that haven't yet visited, but intent to? [more inside]
posted by R_Kamidees at 11:56 AM PST - 9 comments

Seeking digital art printing vendors.

Looking for advice about high quality printing (for my digital art) and reliable companies that specializes in this type of printing. [more inside]
posted by ogunther at 11:49 AM PST - 8 comments

Tell me about being a UX monkey

I think I want to be a UX/UI designer. Tell me about the nitty-gritty of daily life and whether a grad program would be worthwhile. [more inside]
posted by jingle at 11:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Should I stay or should I go now? (school)

Graduate with BS in biology or stay longer for CS (at state school)? [more inside]
posted by EsotericAlgorithm at 11:44 AM PST - 8 comments

Email confirmation for a car rental that I didn't book, how to handle.

I received an email confirming a rental car booking in another state that I haven't made; what actions should I be taking? [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 11:03 AM PST - 29 comments

We Can Program It For You Wholesale

Should I knuckle down and learn to use Magento, or is there a friendlier option that will do everything I need? I am building an commerce site for a small business that needs to serve both the general public and their wholesale clientele. I've got some experience with several Wordpress-based ecommerce solutions, but am I going to find them limiting in the long run? [more inside]
posted by Magnakai at 11:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Religious advice on divorce ... from my employer

I went to a counseling session at the employee assistance program at the midwestern U.S. state college that I work at, and the handout that I received is religious. I'm not, and it made me uncomfortable. How do I approach this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:50 AM PST - 33 comments

How to stop self-defeating and help them to help me?

How can I approach the task of analysing my own mental health professionals without defeating myself before I even get started? [more inside]
posted by talitha_kumi at 10:49 AM PST - 10 comments

Am I a terrible MoH?

More Maid of Honor woes. How am I going to do this? What are normal expectations for a MoH? [more inside]
posted by hellameangirl at 10:44 AM PST - 20 comments

how do you make part-time fundraising work?

part-time fundraisers: how do you balance your time in your part-time position so you don't end up working more than you should? do you have another job? is it on fundraising? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 10:36 AM PST - 1 comment

Elegant ways to paint a room using two accent colors?

What are some clean-looking and elegant ways to paint a room using two accent colors, but only painting the walls- not the ceiling or the trim? [more inside]
posted by mireille at 10:33 AM PST - 7 comments

What sort of Tablet should I get?

I travel a fair amount, and present a lot of PowerPoints. For most everything I do, an Android tablet or iPad would easily fit the bill. Presenting and editing PowerPoints and using IE7/8 to do product demos (must be IE :( ) are the times I need a PC. However, I am constantly in cramped coach class seats, and need a tablet form factor due to not being able to flip the lid up on my laptop. What sort of clever tech might enable me to have a tablet form factor, and yet decent power full Windows capability, and a decent (6 hrs plus of continuous use) battery life?
posted by blue_wardrobe at 10:33 AM PST - 11 comments

Where can I find pro-SOPA arguments/videos?

I teach computer science and would like to educate my students on the SOPA controversy. I can find lots of resources online (including entertaining videos) against SOPA but haven't had any luck finding arguments in favor of SOPA (except for sarcastic/satirical ones). Any pointers?
posted by espertus at 10:29 AM PST - 12 comments

What's the universal self-description?

Sometime in the last century, a psychologist came up with a personality description designed so that the vast majority of people who read it would agree that it fit them. Who was he, and what was the description? [more inside]
posted by asterix at 10:23 AM PST - 14 comments

Has anyone heard of ezeringame.com?

My girlfriend recently got a charge from ezeringame.com. She has no memory of the charge, but it was only for $6 dollars, so its definitely in range of a quick purchase that she might not recall. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 10:15 AM PST - 9 comments

A Virginia notary public in the UK?

I used to live in Virginia and now live in the UK. When I was in VA I was a state employee and paid into the Virginia Retirement System. I've recently been contacted by the VRS and it turns out I can get a refund on all my contributions. Yay! But - the form I have to fill in to authorise the refund is required to be acknowledged by a "VA notary public or other court official authorised to take acknowledgements". Does anyone know if there's a Virginia notary public in the UK? Or can you get these things done remotely - which seems to go against the idea of a notary public...
posted by cromagnon at 10:09 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for resources about growing and managing an association's database

As of Monday I'll be new to the field of Association Management. Can you share with me your favorite resources and best practices (I hate that phrase but it's the best I can come up with) on how to grow and wrangle a membership database? [more inside]
posted by ladygypsy at 9:19 AM PST - 1 comment

I'm still their dad, but should they call me something else?

Need suggestions on how my kids should address me, their transgender father. "Dad" now seems kind of weird at times. [more inside]
posted by TranSubstantial at 8:28 AM PST - 58 comments

New life for old iPod touch?

1st-gen iPod touch - still useful? It seems like a mixed bag. [more inside]
posted by gazole at 8:17 AM PST - 11 comments

Giving a reward for a found item?

Giving a reward to a fellow employee for finding a lost item? [more inside]
posted by HopperFan at 8:10 AM PST - 20 comments

What to read before Athens and Istanbul

What books, apart from travel guides, should I read before traveling to Athens and Istanbul? [more inside]
posted by CheeseLouise at 8:08 AM PST - 8 comments

Step 1: Data; Step 2: ???; Step 3: Insight!

What's your methodology for turning a bunch of data into insights? [more inside]
posted by rev- at 8:01 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me figure out how to address sexual issues

I am feeling guilty and confused about sexual issues I had with my ex. Please help give me ideas about how I should have handled this, and what I can learn from it (sorry, this is long and a bit convoluted). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:53 AM PST - 21 comments

M&Ms stores: profitable?

How do M&Ms stores make a profit? [more inside]
posted by devnull at 7:37 AM PST - 10 comments

Grad School and Full time Job

Going to Graduate School with a Full Time job [more inside]
posted by Cloud King at 7:10 AM PST - 26 comments

Why are all my doctors overdiagnosing me with things I don't have?

I feel that my doctors are overdiagnosing me - psychiatrists, specialists, and even pcps. I feel like a lab rat or a trophy case for them - "here's one of my patients, she encompassed the entire diagnostic manual, ha ha!" What's going on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:09 AM PST - 26 comments

Have you used Hubspot?

Have you used Hubspot? It seems to offer a lot, but it also seems like it might require deliberate care and feeding in order to take advantage of all the wonderful things it claims to be able to do for you. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:08 AM PST - 5 comments

How to stop people hassling street kiosk workers

My friends' street kiosk: They are suffering bullying by drunkards and feral 14 year olds. Suggestions for how to deal? [more inside]
posted by yoHighness at 7:06 AM PST - 28 comments

From where to buy Trip cancellation insurance?

I'm looking for a place to purchase trip cancellation insurance for my international air tickets [more inside]
posted by WizKid at 7:01 AM PST - 7 comments

Day of the Dead Lanscaping Needs Reviving. Where to start?

Day of the Dead---In desperate need for front landscaping makeover but want to DIY. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper at 6:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Gym games for 13 year olds?

Fun PE Games for middle school kids? (Stuff you can play in a gym with 30 kids and fairly good ball/mat/whatever resources) [more inside]
posted by sdis at 6:38 AM PST - 13 comments

Gaming while riding

PC game that runs on an Athlon X2 64 and plays with a Gamepad? (Bonus if you can suggest a good value gamepad too) [more inside]
posted by madeinitaly at 5:56 AM PST - 17 comments

Multilingual online magazine links

Know of any country-specific (Dutch, for example) websites out there that publish translated non-fiction articles of interest, and linked to or displaying the original content? [more inside]
posted by Ellie Higginbottom at 4:35 AM PST - 0 comments

Scott Adams and affirmations - worked for anyone else?

Just read how Scott Adams used affirmations, in his Dilbert book. Anyone here has experience with it? [more inside]
posted by raghuram at 4:06 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me bring the ocean into my home :)

I'm really enjoying winding down to O-Shen - Salt Water Anthem, and am hoping to find other chilled out, dreamy, evocative ocean-themed music for the times I can't be in the sea :) [more inside]
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet at 3:10 AM PST - 4 comments

Pthalo Blue

I want really really dark blue hair. I have really really dark brown hair. Help? [more inside]
posted by Mizu at 2:34 AM PST - 33 comments

Should I visit Rio?

Brazil Filter: I'll be in Sao Paolo for a week in early February and would appreciate some hive-mind input on the trip. Details within. [more inside]
posted by quidividi at 1:36 AM PST - 7 comments

Après toi, pas de déluge

How can I limit bandwidth to Computer 1 when Computers 1 & 2 are connected to the internet? Port-forwarding, and BitTorrent. [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks at 12:03 AM PST - 17 comments

January 16

How to become a mechanic? With SA?

How does a person become a mechanic, ideally, and is this line of work compatible with social anxiety? [more inside]
posted by MrFish at 10:11 PM PST - 27 comments

Word for verbally/aurally illiterate?

What is (or is there?) a word for the speaking and listening equivalent of "illiterate", as it pertains to a particular language? [more inside]
posted by herrtodd at 8:49 PM PST - 20 comments

What should I do with 4 days in Israel?

Suggestions for the four days after my Birthright Trip finishes? [more inside]
posted by Strudel at 8:40 PM PST - 14 comments

What are good history books covering Japanese militarism in the first half of the 20th century?

What are good history books covering Japanese militarism in the first half of the 20th century? [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 8:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Short showers (in height)

DIY bathroom remodel: I'm looking for small, and especially short, inexpensive, off-the-shelf shower options. Do you know where to find showers sorted by size? Do you know where to find oddly-sized home products? Do you have obscure and wonderful knowledge about shower stall options? [more inside]
posted by slidell at 8:20 PM PST - 15 comments

A kindle/instapaper/readability/calibre question for you, gentle (electronic) reader

I'm having no luck transferring the *complete* web page of 197 responses to this question posed by edge.org (previously on the blue, I think) to my little friend, a Kindle Keyboard (aka Kindle 3). I've tried using both Instapaper and Readability, but I think there's code in the webpage to disable a complete scraping. I'm also attempting to use calibre, and if anybody has a recipe that downloads a plain web page (probably using something called "web2disk") in calibre, I'm all ears.
posted by Napoleonic Terrier at 8:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Are ten-year-olds everywhere tormented with spelling tests?

Do spelling bees or tests exist in languages other than English? [more inside]
posted by catesbie at 7:58 PM PST - 20 comments


Please give me your best teriyaki sauce recipe. [more inside]
posted by lamp at 7:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Recommendation for Primary Care Physician in San Francisco

I am looking for recommendations for a primary care physician in San Francisco. Some special considerations inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:31 PM PST - 7 comments

2012's solution to storing images on the cloud

A non-tech savvy friend needs to store 25 - 50 GB of images on the cloud. What is a simple and cheap way to do it nowadays? [more inside]
posted by Folk at 7:25 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I make my parents feel ok about me changing my surname [I'm a man]?

I have an "unfortunate" surname that I'm looking to change now that I'm getting married. My parents are not very happy that I'm getting rid of their name! How can I smooth things over with them? [more inside]
posted by zemaj at 7:23 PM PST - 28 comments

Big mountains, please.

Headed to Colorado Wednesday... looking for a couple suggestions... [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 7:11 PM PST - 6 comments

What's the name of this Nepalese dish?

What's the name of this Nepalese dish? [more inside]
posted by Sal and Richard at 6:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Debate underway, video not working

How can I watch the ongoing presidential debate live on the internet? I've tried the link at FoxNews (via the FoxNews homepage), but it isn't working. [more inside]
posted by John Cohen at 6:08 PM PST - 2 comments

Navigating Big Life Decisions while wearing depression-colored glasses

How do I handle a job offer that I really want but am really intimidated by while going through a period of depression and social anxiety? (Sorry in advance about the avalanche of special snowflakey details) [more inside]
posted by sarahj at 5:50 PM PST - 22 comments

Is .org a bad idea when .com is available, but expensive?

Is it a bad idea to build a website using an available .org domain, when the .com is for sale by an investor? [more inside]
posted by TallulahBankhead at 5:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Media is the message?

Can someone help me understand what people mean when they say - "Media is the message" or "Media is not the message". I don't get it at all? And online searching has not helped a great deal in gaining clarity either. Thanks.
posted by gadget_gal at 5:30 PM PST - 15 comments

And now for something completely different…

I did very well in my undergrad discipline, but want to pursue something entirely different. How best to make the move? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Dumped out of the blue and heartbroken.

Dumped out of the blue, and left completely heartbroken. [more inside]
posted by surfer127 at 5:20 PM PST - 28 comments

Calling All Office Furniture Geeks!

My entire body is screaming at me that it's time for a new desk chair, and it's got some pretty specific requirements. Can you recommend an awesome ergonomic task chair that meets my needs? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone at 5:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Mike Nichols didn't prepare me for this...

I'm being pursued by a much younger man. How bad would it be to let him catch me? [more inside]
posted by The Imp of the Perverse at 5:07 PM PST - 65 comments

Save my rear!

Find me a pair a commuter jeans. "Snowflakiness:" I am a woman. [more inside]
posted by wocka wocka wocka at 5:06 PM PST - 12 comments

Need Some Debatable Ideas about (Many) Religions

Revamping my course materials and need more discussion topics for an undergrad world religions class online. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 5:02 PM PST - 14 comments


[Penis filter][Gay sex filter] I'm 24 years old and I can't maintain an erection. This is probably a psychological problem, but possibly not entirely. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:56 PM PST - 14 comments

What is this sudden asthma?

YANMD, but what should I do about my sudden onset allergies? At least I think it's allergies; otherwise my asthma just got really bad. [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 4:49 PM PST - 6 comments

It's not like that TV show... right?

Please tell me about hospitals in Seattle! [more inside]
posted by Chris4d at 4:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Rocking out whilst glamming up

I want to both put on false eyelashes AND rock out. [more inside]
posted by BeBoth at 4:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Brainstorm my Euro-Job

I'm a lawyer looking to move to Europe within the next three years. I know my ideal path, but I need help brainstorming alternate plans. How can I best identify opportunities in Europe that require, or will allow me to leverage, my skills? [more inside]
posted by benbenson at 4:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Baseball autographs

Help me identify autographs on my Montreal Expos baseball probably dating from around 1994. [more inside]
posted by kag at 4:35 PM PST - 10 comments

peter & wolf recording with the line "lope ... waddle ... waddle ... lope"

Looking for an audio version of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Peter and the Wolf" that I heard in the 1980s where the narrator describing the wolf pursuing the duck says, breathlessly, "Lope ... waddle ... waddle ... lope ..." (describing their movements, with violins screeching in the background). I am looking for the particular recording that said it this way. It is particularly humorous and has great narration by a male voice in English. I thought it was the Peter Ustinov, but apparently not, as I bought it and it doesn't have this line (unless there is an alternative version floating around).
posted by cmp4Meta at 4:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Migrating from Google to Apple

My wife and I are trying to move away from the Googleverse, and could use some help with a few things. [more inside]
posted by Hey, Zeus! at 4:25 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me find a Roku Soundbridge replacement

My Roku Soundbridge died after many years. What's the cheapest, standalone device that will play with my Slimserver setup (aka SqueezeCenter, Logitech Media Center)? All I need is an audio out to hit my receiver, no need for built in speakers, fancy screen or anything else. I'd be interested if there were any other alternatives to Slimserver. The web interface, accessible by any device, and the fact it deals with large collections well, are reasons I currently keep it. [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 4:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Redress for a double doctor screwup?

We recently had a highly traumatic hospital experience involving a 3-year-old and two doctor errors, and we're wondering what our redress options are. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:22 PM PST - 16 comments

Should I take the GMAT or the GRE?

Lots of business schools now accept GMAT and the GRE. Which one should I take? [more inside]
posted by TKL0125 at 3:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Mahlab Filter

What can I do with some possibly rancid mahlab? [more inside]
posted by chocolatepeanutbuttercup at 3:33 PM PST - 1 comment

Doomed to itch or do I risk it?

So, what's the deal with 1% OTC hydrocortisone, for chronic skin problems? The recommendations to use it (and the stuff) are so ubiquitous, yet the warnings so dire! And it seems to be the only thing that works at all well with my… [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin at 3:25 PM PST - 16 comments

Bach chorale setting

Does anyone know of a four-part harmonisation (chorale setting) of this tune (no. 1 in the list) by Bach? [more inside]
posted by Brentusfirmus at 3:07 PM PST - 3 comments

PDFs on Firefox for Mac

PDFs on Firefox for Mac: No matter what hacks I try, it seems that I cannot get the PDF Plugin for Firefox on Mac OS X to work with either Firefox 9 or Firefox 10 beta. I feel like I must be doing something wrong because evidently other folks have gotten it to work. Would be grateful if anyone could walk me through the best way to get this extension working again. [